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By Jayfatha, Romeoville, IL

When I first listened to Bruja, an American blackened sludge/stoner/doom metal trio, I was sitting in a dark room by myself. Not physically, physically I was sitting on the couch eating a bag of chips on a bright, clear afternoon. Mentally, however, I was alone in that dark room despite my actual surroundings which were the complete opposite of that. Bruja's music just has that power. It's full of feelings of isolation, darkness, and, to a lesser extent, despair. Take those and put them to a certain crushing, lo-fi heaviness, and you've got their most recent demo, Twisting and Convulsing.

The tribal-sounding drums that start off the demo give you a slightly uneasy feeling, comparable to walking down a silent road at night, knowing that someone could very well be watching you and that you might not be safe.

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