8 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

With so many doom-metal bands musing on Israel (Sleep even recorded an album titled Jerusalem in 1999), it only makes sense for an Israeli metal band to sound this good. Tel Aviv’s Dukatalon features Zafrir Tzori on guitar and vocals, Ben Samuel on bass, and Yariv Shilo on drums. “Peis” opens Dukatalon's 2012 debut album, Saved By Fear, with skyscraping walls of atonal guitar distortion that tower taller than the Burj Khalifa. Over a pummeling rhythm section, Tzori shows palpable fear and terror in his raspy, shredded voice. The drum solo that introduced the following “Run” sounds imported from Blue Cheer’s “Just a Little Bit” until Tzori comes in rocking like a Middle Eastern Matt Pike. (With so many Pike disciples approximating his Sabbath-savvy style in Sleep, it’s refreshing to hear someone sound more influenced by Pike’s rawer and relentless style of skull-bashing riffs from his work with High on Fire.) But what sets Dukatalon apart from the rest—including its influences—is Tzori’s subtle implementation of Eastern-sounding melodies, best exemplified in the nine-minute “Electric Site.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

With so many doom-metal bands musing on Israel (Sleep even recorded an album titled Jerusalem in 1999), it only makes sense for an Israeli metal band to sound this good. Tel Aviv’s Dukatalon features Zafrir Tzori on guitar and vocals, Ben Samuel on bass, and Yariv Shilo on drums. “Peis” opens Dukatalon's 2012 debut album, Saved By Fear, with skyscraping walls of atonal guitar distortion that tower taller than the Burj Khalifa. Over a pummeling rhythm section, Tzori shows palpable fear and terror in his raspy, shredded voice. The drum solo that introduced the following “Run” sounds imported from Blue Cheer’s “Just a Little Bit” until Tzori comes in rocking like a Middle Eastern Matt Pike. (With so many Pike disciples approximating his Sabbath-savvy style in Sleep, it’s refreshing to hear someone sound more influenced by Pike’s rawer and relentless style of skull-bashing riffs from his work with High on Fire.) But what sets Dukatalon apart from the rest—including its influences—is Tzori’s subtle implementation of Eastern-sounding melodies, best exemplified in the nine-minute “Electric Site.”

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