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Album Review
Sere EP

Sere EP
by Sere

Arcade Recordings

Review Date
21st July 2016
Reviewed by
Chris Familton

sere have hit the ground running on their debut self-titled release. It’s a three track EP but it could easily be considered a mini-album with its 24 minute runtime and the varied terrain they cover. The doom quota is high from the Auckland four piece - yet never in a super-serious, studied manner. These guys can hammer down but they also show a desire to expand the horizons of the style. Art-doom perhaps?

Opening song ‘New Path’ is the band’s monolithic calling card: a coruscating landscape of air raid siren guitars and eviscerating distortion that sounds like The Stooges, Black Sabbath and Earthless jamming in Hades. Over the course of it's 13 minutes the only relief is a middle section of reverb-swathed chugging chords and howled vocal incantations before everything tumbles back into the sonic abyss.

The EP's centre-piece ‘Hazy’, by comparison, is a Velvet Underground, tambourine-rich and bass-weighted slice of underground sewer rock. More psych and dark garage rock than it’s predecessor. It shows the band can marry hooks with a heavy vibe and pack them into a standard rock song. Rounding out the EP is a cover of Roxy Music’s ‘In Every Home A Heartache’ (For Your Pleasure, 1973). The original version is part ambient, part psych-rock freakout but sere have taken it and twisted it into a much weirder and disconcerting piece of music. The first half is like a Butthole Surfers outtake before we return to the storm and drang density of ‘New Path’ for one last run of speaker shredding heaviness.

sere’s first offering is an endurance ride, but with volume and the right frame of mind it’s an impressive and all-consuming one.


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