Horn of the Rhino
Weight of Coronation
Style: Sludge/doom/Thrash
Release date: July 20th 2010
Playing time: 66:71

Do you know the feeling when something becomes too much of a good thing? Well, if you do, then you know what I've like every time I've listened to 'Weight of Coronation'. If you take a short look just above here, you'll see that we're clocking up at over 66 minutes. Three songs here last more than 10 minutes. It's simply too much.

Yes, it may sound absurd that I'm complaining about getting value for money. But the thing is that, eventhough these Spaniards are miles more interesting and better than Neurosis ever were, they have the same intense and insisting approach. Something like me can only endure that in smaller doses. My audio perception quite simply starts blocking out the input.

That said, there are amazing things on this release. Sovereign makes more than one nod to Alice In Chains (the slow version of AIC, mind you). Throats of Blood comes like a sludgy-thrash relief in the middle of the album and thus offer a surprise wake-up call. There are lots of good moments, but, and this is where I feel a bit like Emperor Joseph II in the Mozart film 'Amadeus' when he tells Mozart off with a 'there's simply...too many notes!' There's just too much sound here.  I'm probably just missing true genius here like Joseph, but so be it. I have to live with that.


01. Speaking in Tongues 

02. Mass Burial Punishment

03. Sovereign
04. Throats in Blood
05. Weight of Coronation
06. Southern Beast
07. Brimstone Breath
08. Crushed and Dragged to the Swamp


Label: Doomentia Records
Promotion: Sure Shot Worx
Artwork rating: 90/100
Reviewed by: Thomas Nielsen
Date: October 20th 2010
Website: www.myspace.com/rhinomotherfuckers