Stepping out of the shadows only to tower over you and tear your life to shreds is Angakok with their self titled record. Angakok is menacing and monolithic. From the cover you would never know that what is inside is music that strips you of your soul completely and eats at you from the inside out. What you get with this self titled release is something that is wholly sinister and compelled only by the darkness and it demands to be heard. Once you open the disc and pop it in for a quick listen, you don’t know that the poisonous darkness that is inside will consume you whole.
Each song-including the songs that act as interludes-have a great negativity about them. This style of doom is apocalyptic and a very harrowing experience to say the least. The heaviest sound you can think of is what Angakok seems to achieve here with this release. This self titled record puts you through mental anguish and torture and pushes you off of the ledge of insanity that you have already been contemplating jumping off of.
This debut is aggressive and it is unapologetically so. As it barrels through your subconscious and holds you prisoner within your own mind, it takes you through dark places that etch themselves into your mind for the remainder of time. This isn’t a doom and sludge combination that take you on vivid trips through bright soundscapes. This is a doom and sludge combination that present exactly as the genre states. You get walked through wastelands, poisonous fields, and darkened corridors that swallow all sanity all with the keeper of the dead holding your clammy hand.
Angakok is a slow dirge toward your collapse. This release revels and thrives in obscurity and makes you sink inward into an abyssal corner of your mind.Throughout, you hear songs that are punishing and purely sinister. Angakok is a gloomy spectacle, one that is played at glacial, heart stopping speeds. The way in which these Belgian doom dealers play creates an atmosphere that makes you feel insecure and makes you feel as though everything around you is about to crumble.
With their minimalist riffs, heavy discordant bass, solid drumming and shredding vocals, Angakok create a destructive force to be reckoned with. Every song is intense and makes you focus on it. There is no looking away from the boundless darkness and the sordid creatures that stare back. This record is as heavy as you can imagine and even heavier than that. Angakok is something to take note of as it is a record that can’t be skipped over.