There are certain albums that you know just by looking at them that they are going to be monolithic. You don’t have to even listen, it’s just a feeling that you get. It’s like a force is emanating from it, drawing you in closer and closer until you have to take a peek. All of that could be said for Hooded Eagle and their new release Nightscapes from the Abyssal Plane. Just by gazing upon the cover art you realize that once you begin listening there is no backing out, and you realize that the album itself is going to be a behemoth, and that is exactly what Nightscapes from the Abyssal Plane is.
This release is well over an hour long but only packs in seven songs. You would think that there would be a sizable amount of filler in the album, but there isn’t. Each song is filled with vein bursting doom metal and abyssal atmospheres. As you plunge deeper and deeper into Nightscapes from the Abyssal Plane, the album grips you tighter and tighter by the throat and thrusts you deeper into the abyss of your mind.
Nightscapes from the Abyssal Plane is a unique listen to say the least. Even as long as the album is your attention never strays from the music. Once you begin listening, that’s it, that’s all she wrote. You sit in a trance listening to the darkened dirges that Hooded Eagle has to offer. The darkness is overwhelming and clouds your mind making you lose sight of reality altogether.
The majority of the record is a slow churning dirge to your death, but every now and then Hooded Eagle breaks that mold and works their way into a romping ripping pace. They do a great job of mixing the blood curdling doom with the faster paced tempos to keep you guessing and to give you more variation than just hair raising doom. The overall sound that Hooded Eagle creates is one of pure immolating evil and a shrouding darkness that suffocates you completely.
This is an all encompassing album, one that covers you in molten darkness for the remainder of your life. Nightscapes from the Abyssal Plane is a mind altering album. You go in as the happy and cheerful person everyone knew and loved (or loathed) and you come out as a shadow of what you use to be. Nightscapes from the Abyssal Plane is an immersive experience, and if you aren’t immersed in the album then the full effect is lost. But never fear, you don’t have to plunge head first into this well crafted nightmare because Hooded Eagle forces you down the rabbit hole themselves.
All throughout this release you get glacier slow darkened dirges, a thick mind crumbling bass, solid and pounding drums and possessed vocals that are manic and demonic at the same time. Thrown in the mix every now and then are sickening guitar solos and the occasional death metal style throw down that throws you for a loop. The musicianship is great on this record, and nearly crushes every bone in your body with all of its mighty heaviness.
Nightscapes from the Abyssal Plane is a horrifying mind bending listen and it is also one that you just can’t put down. The horror and the darkness is all captivating and intriguing and Hooded Eagle is a complete force to be reckoned with. The music is so heavy and damning that it would be a miracle for anyone to walk away from this album with a soul. There isn’t a point within this album that you want to take a break or stop listening. Nightscapes from the Abyssal Plane is a solid album, one that deserves to be played at the highest of volumes.
Take a listen to Nightscapes from the Abyssal Plane here!