Originally published in Beat.
In case you missed it, doom is in vogue. In recent years, Yob emerged from a 15 year hiatus only to be thrust into Rolling Stone and The New York Times; Pallbearer were championed as timeless almost the moment they came out of the gates; and legions of listeners are salivating over Black Sabbath’s upcoming last hurrah. So why is the world so interested in slow, devilish tempos and subsonic riffs almost a half-century after Sabbath and the like introduced those sounds to the world? Even the musicians themselves struggle with this question.
“I’m really not sure,” says Kevin Starrs, otherwise known as the eponymous Uncle of UK quartet Uncle Acid & the Deadbeats. “I can’t put my finger on it. I really don’t know where it comes from, because it just seems like it’s such a sudden thing. I wish I knew. I’ve just got no idea how it all happened.”