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Faces of the Bog are back in action with their brilliant psychedelic sludge


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For a long time I thought the name of this local psychedelic-sludge powerhouse was related to the “bog people”—those scarily well-preserved ancient corpses that turn up from time to time in peat bogs in Europe, often baring signs of violent deaths that have made some archaeologists think they were human sacrifices or executed criminals. Which is pretty damn metal. It turns out that’s not the case at all; their name means" Faces of the God," using the Polish word for god. The band threw down a heavy gauntlet with their 2016 debut, Ego Death. Produced by Sanford Parker, the recording is a hefty slab of heavy but limber eldritch-psych that brilliantly builds energy in its longer tracks. Though they’ve been semidormant for a little while, Faces of the Bog have recently been in a fairly heavy gigging period and have also been busy writing songs for their next release.   v

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