This review originally appeared on The Grim Tower Week 103 (March 4 2013)
As you may know, the last album from this Lithuanian Doom/Sludge act did not do so well on the old Grim Tower blog. But something happened between then and now (even though the guitars are still emulated) and I have to point it out as a welcome change. Though short, Fulfill Thee attempts to mix 60′s prog rock with doom/death/sludge metal. It’s not something I’ve ever heard before, so I was definitely taken aback by it. Loikav isn’t the greatest clean singer, but the effort is there and I’ll consider it. His harsh vocal gravel sounds just fine, however. “Invisible Wall 4:31″ channels the 60′s prog perfectly, as “Full Circle 3:55″ seems to play with folk rock. There’s still quite a bit of doom here however, and I do like the catchy melody near the end of the piece. “Conditional Hell 3:08″ sounds like a ghost singing the blues, albeit with some other odd influences. There’s no metal to note, but it makes for an interesting atmosphere. “Raped By Life 3:38″ features more of the doom/death and it kind of drones a little, but they can’t all be perfect; right? “Turning Wheels 3:20″ sounds like hypnotic rock that builds into weird death metal. These riffs are very obscure, but they seem to work. “Chasing The Wind 4:01″ has the same hypnotic effect, but tends to lean towards acoustics and a sort of distressed clean vocal which work well for the piece. It’s done quite well. “Episodic 5:19″ mixes those acoustics in with the death metal and still some odd melodies. Again, this whole thing just sounds odd and that’s what I like so much about it. Yeah, you could say he’s playing a little off-key in areas; but that makes it sound different. The last track here is “As It Stands 5:25″ which brings back the death metal and adds some atmosphere, but it’s nothing truly memorable.
Uvikra managed to surprise me with this one. While I wish that Loikav would use a real electric guitar instead of a program, Fulfill Thee is still done well enough and shows that he’s got an old acoustic somewhere that he likes to fiddle around sometimes. The acoustic, blues and rock sections of the disc are quite interesting, yet also weird and oblong at times; which make for an interesting album. I definitely recommend that you check this one out as I haven’t really heard anything like it before.
Highlights: Invisible Wall, Full Circle, Conditional Hell, Turning Wheels, Chasing The Wind, Episodic (8 Tracks, 33:00)