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Centrifuge 

Sadness, Loveless, Hopeless, Endless (http://centrifuge.music.tripod.com)

The title Sadness, Loveless, Hopeless, Endless pretty much says it all: This is wrist-slashing doom that's the heavy-metal equivalent of the passing of a loved one. Forever downcast, Centrifuge is the inverse of optimism, three dudes from Ohio striving to be a Blacker Sabbath.

Recorded and mixed by Abdullah frontman Jeff Shirilla, Sadness trudges through five songs in 40 minutes. Matthew Servenack's lumbering riffs move more slowly than a tar-dipped octogenarian. Singer-bassist Todd Fabian alternates a pained gargle with cleanly sung vocals, sounding like Ozzy Osbourne after he spits the marbles from his mouth. Compounded by Rob Craig's heavy-handed drumming, it all culminates in epic dirges, like the 10-minute, album-closing "Purge." There's just one problem for this terminally dejected bunch: When the stoner-rock hordes get hold of this disc, Centrifuge will no longer be Loveless. Then what will they bemoan?

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