Try Googling Sisters Of… and you’ll probably just get a lot of stuff about Sisters of Mercy. Their lack of search-ability adds to the band’s general mystique – an aspect perpetuated by the fantastically sinister cover.
Their debut 5-track EP Follow Me as a Ghost, opens building to serious pay-off in the realm of a pounding riff that could almost be a toned down, but just as powerful Meshuggah. The riffs build, driving the rhythm throughout until they collapse in on themselves like a dying star and flow out into dreamlike soundscapes.
It’s hard to pin-point the EP, because it was never meant to be. As described by label Crowquill Records, “Tired of musical limitations, Coker’s idea of blending heavy and atmospheric sounds was realized in a track that evolved into the cornerstone of Sisters of…” At times it’s crushing, then placid and deceptively tranquil, before entering stoner-rock territory. The whole thing is the brain-child of multi-instrumentalist Aaron Coker, backed up by a rotating group of friends and fellow musicians.
One of the few times I’ve placed something on in the office that hasn’t been meant to passive-aggressive grumbles or derision. One person even bought the album two songs in. As you’ll probably want to do the same, here’s the link
If Follow Me as a Ghost is anything to go be, something phenomenal is coming later in the year, when Sisters Of… are due to release their debut full-length album. In the mean time, listen here: