Last year we made great play about Liverpool doom merchants Conan, with their brand of super-downtuned slow doom. And just as I thought they couldn’t possibly top their last efforts, they’ve just released a split ep with Chicago’s Bongripper on Lion’s Roar records, which showcases a new 16 minute behemoth, the subtly entitled ‘Beheaded’.
A drummed intro gradually gets overlaid with the deep, warm hum of their vintage valve amps. This continues for a couple of minutes until the super low tuned riff kicks in, and it pretty much stays like that for the duration. That is Conan’s trick – they simply use the riff to bludgeon you into submission, and somehow they make art using the most basic ingredients.
This is a corking track and a progression as well for the band.