Normally I don’t write about compilations. Matter a fact, I don’t even listen to them.  The only other compilation I ever wrote about on here was the Hillgrass Bluebilly tribute to Hank Williams Sr. and Huddie Ledbetter, Hiram and Huddie, and just like it, it took an artist roster full of familiar bands for me to entertain it.

Honestly, when I got Rodentia I did not expect to like the compilation. I was just looking at a roster of familiars; Those Poor Bastards, Sons of Perdition, O’Death and Joe Buck Yourself and just hoping to stumble upon another doom country band I might like. What I got was 34 tracks of doom country that could easily be described as the goth-country/dark-roots bible in the form of a double-disc release.

To say it was an ambitious project would be an understatement. The goal of the compilation isn’t just to introduce you to to goth-country/dark-roots sound. It’s laid out in a way so that you’re introduced and slowly guided into the whole sound through its 10 chapter design. If you’ve ever thought this might be a genre of music you would want to look into then, quite simply, this cd is here to act as your gateway drug. If, like me, you’re already a disciple of the heavy-hitters of the goth-country sound then let this comp expose you to some of the up and comers in the scene like Strawfoot or Uncle Sinner.

We’ll be writing about a lot of the bands featured on this comp in the coming weeks/months and Devil’s Ruin Records has earned a new fan in ninebullets based on this Essential Listening release.

Strawfoot – Damnation Way (from Chapter I – Marrow Gruel Victuals)
Uncle Sinner – When Jesus Comes (from Chapter III – Battle & Reign)
Tom Baxendale – Her Ghost (from Chapter III – Battle & Reign)
Sons of Perdition (w/Lonesome Wyatt & Dad Horse Ottn) – Psalm of Nod (from Chapter VIII – Diablerie)

Devil’s Ruin Records Official Site, Devil’s Ruin Records on myspace, Buy Rodentia: The Best of Dark Roots Music


  1. This compilation is very good value for money. I don’t listen to it that often, but I’d still recommend it to anyone who likes this type of music. The previously unreleased Sons of Perdition track is probably my favorite, cool that you chose that one for the post!

  2. Yeah, I know what you mean! I bought that first Sons of Perdition album back then only because of the Those Poor Bastards connection. I was at first a bit disappointed, but it very quickly grew on me. Now I can’t wait for the new album, which will probably even get a vinyl release!

  3. now THAT’S good news! must be one of the side projects that were announced for 2009!

  4. Agreed. Sons of Perdition track is a stand out. That Strawfoot track ain’t too shabby also… Thanks for the heads up.

  5. Thanks for turning me on to this, this is great. Ordered it off their site last night, can’t beat the price of $10 plus 2 for shipping.

  6. This isn’t the first time either man, I bought William Elliot Whitmore’s latest after sampling a few tracks on here.

  7. I’m definitely going to be buying this one. I can’t wait to hear all of it.

  8. Great tracks!
    I love the Uncle Sinner one.
    But couse i’m not a native speaker of english there are some words missing from me.
    Could you please send me the lyrics of this song?
    especially I’d like to understand what does the Preacher say
    Best regards and greetings from Russia!

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