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Brume are a Psychedelic Doom band from San Fransisco who’ve been embarking upon bringing their bleak message to anyone dark enough to endear listening. Their first album Donkey laid the blueprint design of the monster they were crafting. While Rooster lets the monster smash anything in its path.

Rooster starts with “Grit and Pearls”. Like dense storm clouds rolling onto an unexpected city it consumes everything Susie’s vocals and bass are drenched with pain. The glacial pace of Jamie’s guitar constantly collapsing. The festering drums of Jordan are almost attempting to keep everything contained until the halfway point comes and what sounds like a war between riffs and percussion takes place. Susie’s singing loses any sense of sadness halfway through as it takes on almost complete hatred. The tempo excels and the storm vanquishes anything in its path. Our adventure has begun. “Harold” sees Brume permeating doom like a witch’s cauldron. As it overflows leaving wilted leaves, curled flower pedals, the color dissipating from anything natural. The guitars and vocals are slower and more rounded leaving the drums as a rare focal point you rarely see in any song. It, also, must be noted the lyrics have been taken directly from a poem written by Victoria June Baigrie. Susie’s beautiful singing comes to full spotlight on “Reckon”. But while her singing may take center stage here the guitar and drums are fully engaged constantly colliding off one another until a jarring guitar effect creates a mesmerizing experience the morphs again and again. “Call the Serpent’s Bluff” builds from the previously mentioned transformation creating this bulging beast of a track soaking in reverb. The mental state I have for this track is euphoric until a drastic shift in everything has a somber guitar against Susie’s vocals which is delivered with so much sincerity that you’re waiting for a sharp shift back into the ferocious style from early. And that happens, but not in an obvious way. It’s fragile. Beautiful even. Taking an almost folk inspires change is “Welter”. It’s sprinkled with piano work by Billy Anderson. Spiteful lyrics that are delivered with such refreshing crispness. The entire piece is so calming it almost feels like your brain’s previously acquire inflammation is draining out your ears. Album closer “Tradewind” creates a similar feeling what what “Grit And Pearls” had earlier. But it’s so much more controlled. Like Brume has entered the town mentioned earlier. Infiltrated it. And is moving on to infiltrate more.

This is the sound of a band coming together. Building off what they did on previously, but, honing each sound to utter perfection. All members have started a fight with their respected instruments and won. I’m so excited to see where they go from here.

Richard Murray

I've been interested in music since a very young age. I was prone to ear infections when I was a baby and after long sessions with a doctor it was determined I would be deaf at a very early age from scar tissue. As a result my mother when play avant-garde music to me so I could hear a myriad of different sounds before that happened. Much to everyone's dismay, I could hear perfectly after the ear infections ended. But, my mom had inadvertently been put on a path of musical enlightenment. At 14 my 20 year old sister was attending Modest Mouse in Omaha, Nebraska with The Shins as an opener. I begged her to take me with her and she decided that would be my birthday present and took me. I was completely blown away by the experience. I wanted more and more of any live music I could find. But...living in Wellington, Kansas my options were a tad limited. I attended Weezer, Nine Inch Nails, Ladytron, Placebo shows but I was getting bored with everything mainstream. But everything changed when The Kills rolled through Kansas City. Seeing their dirty, smoke filled performance at The Midland Theater led me to look up more bizarre bands and further down the rabbit hole to finding newfound favorite such as Wolf Eyes and Slint. I began studying how exactly each genre made me feel. How each song sets a mood and tells a story. When I was about 26 I began writing for The Burning Beard. A doom, sludge, and heavy metal magazine based out of America and England and began my writing career. I met Dennis Gonzales at the 2014 Austin Psych Fest and we made a friendship centered around music. The next year we met again at the same festival and which led me to telling him about how I'd begun writing. He was interested to read my stuff and after a very short conversation he decided to let me on as a writing for POW! Magazine. Through his guidance my music spectrum as broadened significantly and I look forward to what I can hear in the future.