Trees - _Sickness In_
(Crucial Blast, 2012)
by: Dan Lake (7 out of 10)
Some rather unflattering things have been written about Portland, Oregon quartet Trees. Doom sans direction. Drone without reason. Those people want musical vindication, or the chaotic catharsis promised by most bands who call themselves metal. Trees have never been about that, and aren't now. Trees give voice to your dread, drape an identity over your shapeless inner pain. Trees are as slow as it goes, and they sound great doing it.

Feedback scree, halting tempos, mortar-burst chords, flesh-scalding shrieks... nothing's here that Khanate hasn't inundated us with, not to mention that band's related side projects and sonic progeny. Having now released three half-hour, two-song doomsplosions since 2008, undoubtedly some listeners are ready for a new approach. Trees refuse it. Given their track record, though -- as well as their inclusion of Atriarch vocalist Lenny Smith -- Trees' sound should surprise and offend no one.

Doom metal is a splintered genre. Some bands slog through drug-addled molasses. Others climb toward high emotional vistas. Still others just enjoy their boogie a little slower and lower than the rest. Trees are none of these. If you experience the passage of time as ungentle agony, then Trees are for you.


(article published 6/12/2013)

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