The Von Deer Skulls are a band from France that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of post rock, industrial doom metal and sludge and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "he Damned Chapter - Remixes & Rarities" which will be released on Halloween and contains re-mixes from their albums and some unreleased, live and bonus tracks.
Crowd noises and distorted drones start off the album along with some spoken word parts, acoustic guitars and synths a few seconds alter which also makes the music sound a lot more experimental while also adding in elements of industrial and distorted guitars that also bring in a metal influence to the bands musical sound.
After awhile the music starts adding in doom metal growls and high pitched screams and on the second track they do a cover of Tool's "Right In two" which sounds nothing like the original, on the 3rd track they have Umbre do a remix of "Memories" and they bring in a more ambient sounding twist on the song as well as bringing clean singing vocals into the mix while the band also keeps around their heavier side.
The next few songs are re-mixes by Exil, Nequam, and Peter Skull and all of these songs show the band experimental with a variety of many different electronic music styles while also never forgetting their metal roots and the last 3 songs follow a 3 part concept as well as adding in more avant garde sounds with the musical instruments and they also evoke a lo-fi feeling into these tracks.
The Von Deer Skulls keep around the heaviness of doom and sludge metal while also having more of an avant garde and experimental feeling this time around and they also bring in some electronic music to create some of the most underground and hard to label music to be ever created, the production sounds very dark and raw while lyrics are rarely utilized.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from The Von Deer Skulls and if you are a fan of music that has its roots in sludge and doom metal but not afraid to experiment, you should c heck out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Right In Two" and "The Paranoid Rooms". 8 out of 10.