(7/10) "II" is the simple title of Tombstoned's second release. The Finnish doom rockers put seven new songs on their second release. Tombstoned's music is a melting pot that is based on doom and stoner with quite some psychedelic moments included.
The almost seven minutes long opener is a great example for Tombstoned's sound. Mighty Sabbath-like riff roll over you, combined with some melancholic keyboards that both together create a dark atmosphere which I woud describe as funeral rock - what else should it be if a band's called Tombstoned. "Pretending to Live", the name of the opener, actually reminded me a bit of Lake Of Tears and is one of the really cool tracks on "II".
The stoner doom elements are processed in songs like "And I Told You". Again kept in slow pace, this number develops to a depressive rock anthem with heavily downtuned guitars. Build on almost endless repetitions "And I Told You" creeps step by step into your mind. For me one of the best songs on Tomstoned's second longplayer.
That Tombstoned can also increase speed is what they prove with tracks like "Brainswashed Since Birth".
Tombstoned did a lot of things properly on their second album. The guys deliver a soundtrack for each of you that wish itself back to grey November days instead of welcoming the first sun rays of spring.
- Pretending to Live
- Brainwashed Since Birth
- Time Travels
- And I Told You
- Haven't We Seen All This Before
- You Can Always Close Your Eyes
Label: Svart Records
Genre: Doom Rock
Release Date EU: April 8th, 2016