The debut album by doom dealers The Human Condition Pathways is packed with seven songs of wonderfully dark and dismal doom.Each song on this record is just as abysmal and bleak as the last and the more that you listen, the more you become encompassed in a pitch black cloud. As soon as you begin listening you get bombarded with melancholic atmospheres and low, slow and buzzing sounds that rattle your brain around in your skull. Each song on this record is quite long as well which gives The Human Condition plenty of time to enchant you with their hypnotic style of play and coax you into the darkness.
For the majority of this record The Human Condition plays glacier and blood freezing slow, but every now and then they break the mold and kick the tempo up to a romping and headbanging speed. That burst of speed happens every now and then, so for the rest of the record you get encased in a slow burning dirge of doom that just doesn’t quit until it has completely sunk you in despair. As mentioned above, each song is wonderfully dark, grim and dismal and the more that you listen the more that you sink back into a dark corner of your mind.
Pathways is just as hypnotic as it is grim however. The style of play in which The Human Condition plays is hypnotic combined with the ever so inviting darkness that they provide, gives you on hell of a listen that sticks with you. On top of the memorable and slick musicianship are thick atmospheres and bleak soundscapes that twist and wind as each song plays along. And as long as these songs are they never seem to overstay their welcome and you don’t seem to bore of them all that easily. Pathways does a good job of keeping your attention all throughout the release.
Each song on Pathways bombards you with slow moving and heavy riffs that are coupled with rumbling bass lines, solid drumming and haunting vocals. The musicianship is smooth, the production is great and the atmospheres are thick which makes for a solid listen. The only negative to me is that the vocals at times are a little suspect as they seem just a bit flat in parts. Other than that the vocals really are haunting and memorable, but other than that, Pathways is a solid release.
Pathways is a good solid listen that gives you plenty of content and plenty to listen for. Each song is different and gives you something new each time. This is a nice solid and good listen for any fan of low, slow and dark doom.
Pathways is out now through Topillo Records.