Gritty, heavy and purely filthy among others are some words that can be used to describe A Thousand Sufferings’ release Burden. Although the main focus is doom, hints of devastating black metal can be found as well. Burden weaves plenty of paths for you as they take you through melancholic fields and brimstone lined corridors of hate as well. There are plenty of twists and turns within this release, but one thin remains constant and that is the fact that Burden is terribly heavy.
Through four long and all powerful songs you become encompassed in an abyssal glaze of doom laden blackened fury. I don’t mean fury as in this release is completely blistering and face melting, I mean it is furious in the fact that it is bone crumbling heavy, and once it is over you breathe a sigh of relief.
Each song on Burden is low and slow which of course are signature traits of doom, but at the same time there is an accent that is completely in the range of black metal. Overall the sound is that of abysmal doom, but this release is soaked in black metal overtones that gives it a raw and completely punishing sound.
Burden gives you enough to chew on and each song is long enough to poison your mind with its poison fog, but each song as long as they are they do not overstay their welcome. They come in, invade your mind and leave without you being any wiser as to why you feel disheartened and defeated.
Through each of the four songs you get powerful and gritty riffs supplemented by thick and fuzzed out bass lines, solid drum rhythms and haunting yet harsh vocals. The overall sound is harsh and accosting, like a slow torture taking place but instead of causing bodily harm this causing a healthy dose of mental harm.
This is a release for any doom fan and for that matter any black metal fan. A Thousand Sufferings does a good job of mixing both genres together to create something that provides an atmosphere that is bleak and ultimately heavy.