Low, slow and mesmerizing is what you get when listening to Devourer of Heaven and his EP When the Sky Fell. This band is a one man act so what you hear is all him and what he provides is some heavy and melancholic tunes to jam out to. With a little bit of a jazzy influence he provides you with a unique and memorable listen and with only four songs on the EP you get plenty of content and plenty to listen for. Each song clocks in at over six minutes which gives him plenty of time to encompass you in cold biting atmospheres, and that’s just what happens.
Devourer of Heaven starts you into the EP with a melancholic intro and slowly has you work your way into the bludgeoning abyss. After the intro is over you end up getting into the meat of the EP where you find that each song is just as slow burning, melancholic and heavy as the last. When you begin listening you end up getting submerged in the music and once you are you find that you can’t leave all to easily. Each of the four songs is enchanting and each of them so in their own way and before you know it you keep coming back to hear more sinister tunes.
The atmosphere isn’t the only thing that stands out on this record as the musicianship is just as on point. Each instrument is played well as you get memorable riff after memorable riff, thick bass lines, solid drumming and to top it all off you get vocals that transition from unearthly growls to gritty gravel filled cleans. When everything comes together as it does on the EP of course, you get a sound that is dark, dense and unique. For me the entire vision for Devourer of Heaven comes together in the last two songs Empire Dead and Gallows Prayer. In those two songs everything seems to come together effortlessly to provide you with a complete well rounded sound. Not that the other two songs don’t have that, but the last two songs really bring it all home.
When the Sky Fell is a great EP and a great building block and from here on things could only get better. The musicianship is great, production is good, vocals are good as well, the atmospheres provided are as melancholic as you would like them to be and with all of that you just end up getting a well rounded good listen. If you are looking for some doom that is dark, dismal and all around solid you can’t go wrong with When the Sky Fell.