Sunday, August 15, 2010

Seidr - Cortez the Killer Tour EP

Credit: I found out about this awesome EP from the fine folks over at HSS. They've been a little quieter than usual lately, but still the best source for strange, kvlt and unfathomable metal.

Seidr is an Norse term for sorcery, for witchcraft. Seidr is a band from Lousville, KY that practices "ritual doom". Seidr is a band that recently played Chicago and I fucking missed them because I only just became aware of them.

This is a two song EP featuring a reworked version of the song "Gullveig", and a cover of "Cortez the Killer", originally by Neil Young. "Gullyveig" is a harrowing 11 minute sludge fest, with nice bits of melody peaking through in the guitars from time to time. The vocals are appropriately harsh and evoke images of criminals gurgling their ragged defiance while being hung. It's the contrast of the sometimes sweetness of the riffs and the oppressive nature of the vocals and drumming that makes this really interesting to me.

"Cortez the Killer" is essentially a doom song already, and Seidr do the song justice. The drumming is much doomier than the original, leaving plenty of space between each drum hit. The song starts clean and spacey, and ends with screams, echoing on and on as the guitar mournfully picks out the melody. What a killer, what a killer.

Did I mention that this is free? Yeah, go check it out. It's pretty great.

Head over to HSS to download the EP.

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