For whatever reason, in my mind, I have certain parts of the world associated with certain types of music. For doom metal I have places like the U.K. and New Orleans, among others tied to this vast genre. But thanks to Pilgrim I can now start thinking about our neighbors in good, old Rhode Island.
Originally I had a friend (who happens to also be a labelmate of Pilgrim, signed to Metal Blade Records) turn me on to this band prior to this album's release. However, as it happens too often, my mind wanders to different bands and they were, for a brief period, forgotten. However their Metal Blade debut, Misery Wizard, has ensured that I will never forget about this band ever again.
Doom metal is really such a broad and interesting genre and Pilgrim does an exceptional job of grasping from all boundaries of the landscape and collecting them into a sound that never feels stale or forced. Equal parts Black Sabbath, Electric Wizard, Candlemass and Eyehatgod, Pilgirm is a perfect example of the old adage - if you borrow from one band you're a thief but if you borrow from a dozen, you're a genius. Brutally heavy riffs, thundering bass lines, loads of feedback, vocals that roar and perfectly compliment the sound - Pilgrim has all the key elements that make a doom metal record that's absolutely worth revisiting over and over again. Highly recommended for any fans of the genre.