Vendetta finally have taken the plunge and repressed this minor doom metal classic from Mannheimâ€™s B.son. Originally released in 2007, â€śBlack Shape of Nexusâ€ť pre-dates the bandâ€™s splits with Crowskin and Kodiak. There are three epic tracks on here, all slow and incredibly heavy, yet diverse and engaging. The massive â€śVâ€ť, clocking in at 21 minutes, takes the listener through droning stasis, grooving slow-motion and devious blues-mutilation (there is one passage that always has me think of the Melvinsâ€™ â€śBorisâ€ť). â€śIIIâ€ť and â€śIVâ€ť on the a-side feature Malte Seidelâ€™s tormented vocals and hint at the bandâ€™s hardcore affinities. While â€śBlack Shape of Nexusâ€ť is arguably a doom metal album and its downtempo trod is driven by distorted, syrupy riffing, it also nods to Bohrenâ€™s introspective waiting games (cf the first minutes of â€śIVâ€ť) and to hardcore realisms. Hailing from one of Germanyâ€™s most blatantly working-class cities, B.son play their doom without the dwarves.