How does one follow up one of the most legendary, yet rarest albums said to signal the birth of doom metal?! If you’re Randy Holden, you give everyone about fifty years to catch up, then casually drop a tastefully modernized reinterpretation of that sound.?! Population III picks up where Holden’s 1969 solo debut left off, updated with several decades worth of technological advances and personal hindsight.?! Following his tenure in proto-metal pioneers Blue Cheer in 1969, the guitarist aimed for more control over his next project.?! Thus, Randy Holden - Population II was born, the duo naming itself after the astronomical term for a particular star cluster with heavy metals present.?! Along with drummer / keyboardist Chris Lockheed, Holden created what many say is one of the earliest forms of doom metal.?! Their six-song debut album Population II delves into leaden sludge, lumbering doom and epic soaring riffs that sound free from all constraints of the era.?!