Rongeur – The Catastrophist & As The Blind Strive Review

DISIPLIN07CDSometimes when you hear an album for the first time, you’ll instantly know if you’ll like or dislike it, and sadly the debut full-length album from Rongeur, The Catastrophist & As The Blind Strive, falls into the latter category.

Stoner/sludge can be a fairly difficult genre to fully connect with at the best of times and there’s nothing about the piece that grips you right from the get-go. From there, the songs just tend to blend into one another rather than sounding like unique pieces, resulting in it sounding like one continuous track – and it makes for a fairly disappointing and un-engaging listen.

The Catastrophist & As The Blind Strive isn’t all bad, however. There’s a great crispness to the sound, which is a rarity in a genre such as this, and Rongeur sound so tight and together that there’s no faulting them in that respect – it’s just a shame that their potential winds up being wasted due to the lack of variety since all the songs follow the same sort of pattern.

As a whole, the album just isn’t that exciting – whilst there’s nothing about it that makes you recoil in horror, it’s not a release that draws you in and makes you want to hit the replay button.


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Soundscape’s editor, who is particularly fond of doom, black metal and folk (but will give anything a chance). Likes to travel to see bands abroad when she can. Contact: or @acidnat on twitter.

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