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The Gates of Slumber, Hour of 13 & Disma @ Union Pool (pics)

by BBG

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I’d never been [to Union Pool] before, but it was Hour of 13’s first show in the US, and I wasn’t about to miss that, remembering how much ass their 2007 self-titled CD kicked and hoping to pick up a copy of this year’s The Ritualist on Eyes Like Snow. They didn’t wind up having any for sale, but their set, which they played to a packed house of faces both familiar among the NYC doom faithful and not, was worth the trip anyway.

They opened with “Call to Satan” from the self-titled, and it was an appropriately ritualistic beginning to a set of occult doom worship. I knew that Hour of 13’s core duo of guitarist Chad Davis and vocalist Phil Swanson had assembled a band around them, but I was a little surprised to see a second guitarist sharing the stage, as amiable a job as the neck-tatted Brandon Munday did. I guess something in me just always pictured Hour of 13 as a single guitar band, bringing out more of the desolate, abandoned feel. Killer tones all around, and I’d hardly call it a disappointment (hell, Judas Priest did it), it just wasn’t quite what I was expecting. -[The Obelisk]

The Gates of Slumber headlined Union Pool on Saturday (10/16) with the US debut of doom greats and recent Earache signees Hour of 13 and the fantastically vile Disma (mems Incantation, Funebrarum, Citizens Arrest).

Disma, who recently sigend to Profound Lore for their forthcoming LP, delivered blackened death to the early arrivals (which there were many) before Hour of 13 swooped in with their classic doom approach. The Gates of Slumber with new drummer J. Clyde Paradis of ex-Sourvein fame in tow followed shortly after, dipping into two new tracks (the title, and a second) from their forthcoming, and possibly tentatively-named LP The Scourge of Drunkeness.

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