"Zoroaster's Self Titled debut from last year was doom slow in the vein of Warhorse and Sleep – the sort of heaviness that has a physical presence. A good set of speakers (to cut through the almost-demo quality production) and you could feel the music wrapping itself around you.
The Atlanta-based band's follow-up, Dog Magic, starts off practically thrashing with the ornery “The Book,” but there's still that tangible aspect to Zoroaster's music. Whether they amp it up or slow it to an ungodly crawl, it's fiercely oppressive. It's also a lot more expressive – there's more to Zoroaster than just the usual trappings of the genre. Actually, “intense” is probably the best way of describing Dog Magic. It's one of those sonic whallops to the side of the head. You'll never recover from it, and you better believe you'll never forget it."