With the coming of their sophomore effort Sentiment, doom wizards UN wield four outstanding tracks that are gripping, compelling, emotive and down right captivating. This is a monolithic effort, one that tops over fifty minutes and each one of those minutes is packed with heavy, slow burning doom that is as potent as it is epic. The four brooding tracks harbored within the title are thunderous and undeniably powerful. From beginning to end you become gripped never to want to leave the listen even when everything is all said and done. Sentiment is a release to behold as it presents you with nothing but some of the most top notch doom to come out since Bell Witch’s Mirror Reaper.
Sentiment is immersive from beginning to end, forever drawing you in more and more as it rumbles along. With great songwriting, monstrous riffs and ever unearthly growls, UN create an overall sound that is wholly intoxicating and undeniable. Much sooner rather than later you get completely wrapped up within Sentiment, never to leave until the final earth shaking note has rang out. This release has a great ability to draw you in and make you want to stay for more and more listens. Never once does this release tire you out or make you want to leave and come back to it. Through and through, Sentiment is a captivating and mesmerizing listen that grabs a hold of you forever making your mind wander through the wondrous soundscapes and thunderous atmospheres that it has to offer.
Sentiment is soulful, emotional, potent, thought provoking and so many more descriptors that just don’t do it justice. This is just an incredibly well rounded and cohesive record, one that immerses you and speaks to you directly as the listener. Everything about this release is superb, from the songwriting, to the musicianship, to the production, to the atmosphere and so much more. UN has created something special here with Sentiment. This monolithic record is truly a doom masterpiece and has vaulted UN to the top of the doom echelon with the likes of Bell Witch, Pallbearer and the like. Not enough can be said about this release as it just is something to behold and something that will truly take the doom world by storm.
Sentiment will be released through Translation Lost Records September 28, 2018.
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Two years ago Dark is the Water emerged from the swells of the ocean with Heavy the Sky and now two years later they are back to grace us with a brand new full length titled Weight of the Sea. Weight of the Sea is a wonderful mixture of calming serene doom passages and weighty, ever crushing dirges. The six tracks that are present within this release are performed and executed damn near perfect as each track is cohesive, heavy, melodic, memorable and down right intoxicating. Weight of the Sea flows perfectly together from track to track gifting you with a well rounded and comprehensive listen that draws you in never to let you back to shore until you have listened through and through.
Dark is the Water starts you off with their opener Sunless, a wonderfully melodic and serene track that grips you right from the very beginning. Through the first minute you hear waves crashing before angelic riffs pour through your speakers pulling you out to sea. This near twelve minute track is something to behold as it takes you in and has tidal waves of melodic and atmospheric sound wash over you ever taking your mind and having it wander through the vast and open ocean. Around the four minute mark is where things begin to kick up slightly as buzzing and fuzzed out riffs join the otherwise peaceful fray, only for those to die back down giving way to the complete serene sounds that you heard before. Sunless ebbs and flows perfectly, ever drawing you in more and more, captivating you and pulling you in to the remaining five tracks.
Sunless is followed by five more wonderful tracks that are equally melodic and enchanting. The second track titled Marching on Sand much like Sunless is an instrumental, but this time this track has a little more grit to it from the very beginning while still retaining that serene and melodic sound. Through these two tracks you can come to expect more of the same from Dark is the Water as the remaining three tracks are just as superb and captivating. With the coming of the third track The Shallows also come the implementation of vocals. Dark is the Water utilize both angelic cleans and unearthly growls through the remaining tracks. The cleans are beautiful and highly intoxicating while the growls are powerful and menacing adding plenty of variety to each track. Each of these tracks has an immense and clean sound that is incredibly hard to deny.
Weight of the Sea is an easy record to fall in to and dragged out to sea by. This record has a great ability to captivate your mind and have it follow along through the barren seas. Filled with rumbling bass lines, at times crunching riffs and at other times serene melodic riffs, angelic cleans, menacing growls and an overall wondrous atmosphere, Weight of the Sea has it all. This record is beautifully done and undeniably intoxicating. It doesn’t get much better than this.
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Aislacion began their descent into murky sludge filled darkness in 2016, and two years later their demo Minor Chants was brought out from the abyss. This demo features four tracks that merge doom and sludge together to create an overall murky, buzzing and head nodding sound. As soon as you hit play you become trapped in a rumbling and fuzzed out vortex of doom never to escape until Minor Chants has played out entirely. Each track is a head nodding and bone rattling ode to sludge and doom that gets your head nodding before you know it. Minor Chants is an aggressive and all together in your face demo that pours its molten sludge on thick from beginning to end.
Minor Chants is Aislacion’s first foray into the doom and sludge world and it is a good first foot forward. Each track within this murky offering are well done and well constructed providing you with an all around solid and highly entertaining listen. There isn’t any fluff or filler here as Aislacion hits you nearly immediately with rumbling bass lines and heavy dark riffs that are hard to get out of your head. From the first track forward, Aislacion presents you with an overall heavy and memorable sound that will keep you coming back for more murky madness.
Through this release, Aislacion provides you with heavy handed face melting passages that are only to be crossed with low, slow and melting doom laden sounds when needed. None of the four tracks that are harbored within this release sound anything alike providing you with plenty of diversity and variety through only four tracks. Aislacion does a great job of mixing their sound up not only from track to track but within the same track as well. You won’t be hearing the same sound twice all throughout this release giving it plenty of character.
Overall, Minor Chants is a solid release especially for a debut. Through and through this is an entertaining and memorable demo, one that you can keep coming back to.
There are times that when you hit play on a record you almost immediately know that it is going to be something special and Shadow Dies In Morning Light certainly is. This four track release is captivating, weighty, mesmerizing and many more descriptors that can establish just how well done this record is. Upon pressing play, you immediately begin to get drawn in and enchanted by the melancholic sludge filled sounds that pour through your speakers. From one song to the next you are greeted with incredibly powerful and potent doom laden sounds that hook you right from the very beginning never to let your attention deviate.
Each of the four tracks that are present within Shadow Dies In Morning Light are wonderfully crafted murky offerings of top notch doom. You can’t help but to be drawn in and captivated by the foggy buzzing sounds that RIPIS provides. Each track is solid from beginning to end providing you with a well rounded, cohesive and all together impressive sound.
These tracks are weighty and you can feel them hit you one by one like waves crashing over you. Shadow Dies In Morning Light is weighty for more than just the fact that the music itself is heavy, but because of the lyrics as well. The lyrics within this release are vulnerable and striking making connections with whomever it is that listens. The lyrics much like the musicianship are well crafted and beautiful, ultimately drawing you in more and more to stay for more and more listens.
Shadow Dies In Morning Light is a wondrous release, one that you can melt in to and really sit down and listen to over and over again. You never feel the length of these tracks as you end up being entirely enchanted by what RIPIS has to offer, and ultimately one listen turns to many. This is an incredibly well done record as it is engaging, thoughtful, vulnerable and much more. Shadow Dies In Morning Light is an absolute triumph for RIPIS as this is a fantastic release through and through.
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Dark, ambient and forever hidden behind the black veil of obscurity, Diseased Oblivion offer up hallucinatory noise that aims to break your mind and drag your soul in to a never ending darkness. A Blackened Harvest of Decomposure is a compilation of eight tracks that span between the years 2009 and 2011, and within these eight tracks you are treated to funeral dirges of doom that instill dread, fear and the ever ominous presence of death upon you. These ambient and atmospheric tracks wrap their diseased tendrils around you never to let you escape from the forlorn and depressive soundscape that Diseased Oblivion creates. Each of the eight tracks that are present within this release are just as mind numbing and spirit breaking as the last creating an unwelcome and all around sinister sound.
Through each track, Diseased Oblivion crawls forth at glacial speed tormenting you with down tuned grave rattling riffs that are paired with demonic cavernous vocals and an atmosphere that is all together poisonous and malicious. The longer that you listen, the further that Diseased Oblivion drag you in to the recesses of darkness never for you to climb out. Through this release, Diseased Oblivion greet you twisted and harrowing tracks that hang over you like a reaper waiting to claim its next soul.
You can’t escape this darkness once you have pressed play as you become surrounded by dark clouds of disease and death. This soul tearing and dissonant release is riddled with dark yet gripping atmosphere and ambiance that have you near enchanted from the get go. As sinister as the atmosphere is throughout this release, it has an innate ability to pull you in and keep you intrigued and listening all throughout. The overall blasphemous atmosphere is aided by odd ambient noise that contorts the mind and has it delving deeper in to its darkest recesses. The atmosphere and ambiance is disorienting, hallucinatory and yet it is gripping and enticing all the same.
Each of the eight tracks that appear here within A Blackened Harvest of Decomposure are expansive, allowing Diseased Oblivion time to take your mind through depressive and bizarre soundscapes from which you do not want to return. As expansive and lengthy as these tracks are, Diseased Oblivion does a great job of keeping your attention all throughout as they have you traverse through diseased and death riddled atmospheres and soundscapes. Overall, this release is cohesive, damning, heavy, incredibly atmospheric and engaging, making it out to be a very solid listen.
Never to neatly fit in to one genre or another, Assumption combine the likes of doom and death metal to create a unique, abstract and ever mind expanding sound. Three tracks make up the entirety of Absconditus and through these three tracks you are treated to vast soundscapes, isolating cosmic atmosphere and extremely weighty down-tempo riffs that aren’t to be trifled with. These dirges of dark, death riddled doom metal are all consuming and ever expanding, warping your mind minute by minute. With psychedelic touches through each of the three tracks, Absconditus is an effort that provokes obscure hallucinations which ultimately break your mind completely.
From the very beginning, Assumption drag you in to the outer reaches of the cosmos. With a frigid and oppressive atmosphere to couple with the ever slow burning, crushing doom passages, Assumption grip you never to release you back in to reality. Absconditus is a massive and all consuming record all within three tracks. From beginning to end, Assumption holds your attention never to let it waver until everything has concluded. Assumption does a great job of sucking you right in to this record, keeping you entertained and keeping you guessing as to what oppressive force you are about to bear witness to.
Through each of these three immense offerings, Assumption hits you with numerous looks, keeping you guessing as to what lethal sounds you are about to hear next. Assumption shift from glacial dirges to venomous blasting death on a dime and back again. These tracks wear you down, making you buckle under their sheer weight as monstrous down-tempo riffs billow from your speakers as unearthly growls bellow from the ever darkening void. These tracks are colossal and their weight can certainly be felt from the very beginning all the way to end. As immense and powerful as “Absconditus” is as a whole, it is hard to turn away as this unique dirge of sickening death doom is incredibly captivating and alluring.
This is a masterfully crafted record, one that is complete with immense down-tempo riffs, unearthly blood curdling growls, hallucinatory ambiance and a smattering of skull sheering death metal. “Absconditus” is a monolithic effort, one that stands tall among the many doom releases that have billowed out of obscurity this year.
Through Suicide Theatre, each track is cloaked in a vast amount of anguish, misery and pain, and all of that billows through your speakers slowly but surely only to entomb you in your own sorrows. Now Everything Fades plays an incredibly harrowing brand of depressive blackened doom metal that really presents an atmosphere that is devoid of hope, ultimately providing you with a grim and somber listen. Nowhere throughout this release can light be found as Now Everything Fades slowly drags you down in to a never ending abyss.
Each track creeps along presenting you with haunting and incredibly bleak sounds that put you in a complete depressive state. Suicide Theatre is very effective in shrouding you with an atmosphere that is comprised of utter misery and anguish. This release is oppressive, not so much because it is an aural assault, but because it weighs you down until your bones crumble with a bleak, thick and ever present life taking ambiance. With the majority of the tracks within this release hitting around the five and a half minute mark, it really gives Now Everything Fades enough time to effectively infect your mind with some incredibly sinister and depressive tones that you will have a hard time forgetting.
This certainly isn’t meant to make you feel comfortable or welcome as it is established early that your soul will be draining from the very beginning. Complete with anguished cries and weeping riffs, Now Everything Fades presents you with a tortured and entirely pained sound that will haunt you. As Suicide Theatre trudges along you become submerged in their ever harrowing and dream haunting sound only to suffocate under the incredibly oppressive melancholic atmospheric qualities. As depressive as this release is though, it does a great job of sucking you in and having you stay for its entirety.
Suicide Theatre is an emotionally punishing record as it pushes you further and further in to dementia and desperation. You can’t escape this listen without coming out of it feeling bogged down and empty. The wailing cries will keep you up at night as the objectively bleak atmosphere will push your sanity to the darkest recesses of your mind. This is an all around solid record as each track is well put together and performed to provide you with a harrowing and overall sinister sound that is hard to forget.
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Slithering out of the faceless abyss, where no light dwells and only darkness reigns supreme, Grave Upheaval bring forth an eight track offering of pure unsettling and dread instilling noise. This untitled slab of bleak misery is just that as Grave Upheaval unleash slow burning rituals that are interspersed with pure death savagery to bring to you an unrelenting and reaping effort. Each offering leaves you feeling lifeless and hopeless as Grave Upheaval does a great job of instilling the fear of death and dread in you early on. This untitled release creates a spectral, chthonic and incredibly oppressive atmosphere from which you become buried under.
This untitled release is an expansive one as it spans over fifty minutes of pure misery and dread. Grave Upheaval utilize every minute to their advantage as they weave an atmosphere that is deadly and down right sickening. There is no where to escape as you begin your dark descent in to hysteria and dementia as Grave Upheaval closes the walls in around you shrouding you in pure light eating darkness. The descent in to hysteria begins with the opening track as it slowly drags you down in to the formless and faceless abyss from which you cannot crawl out of. Each of the eight dirges of soul shredding noise that Grave Upheaval presents you with are cloaked in misery and malevolence, and for eight straight tracks you are tormented by some of the most well done death doom.
Through each of their offerings, Grave Upheaval sew together slow burning, bone crumbling onslaughts of perilous doom with punctuations from flesh picking death metal for good measure. Never do you see what is coming next as Grave Upheaval contort and twist their sound through and through to bring to you an ever shape shifting and mind bending listen. This offering keeps you on the edge of sanity and insanity as it shovels droves of hallucinatory and mind shattering metal upon you. This is an unsettling and blood curdling release, one that shrouds you in death, disease and misery, never relenting until the final note has rang out signaling your death.
Each of the eight tracks hang in the air like specters calling you forth to their void of bitter undulating darkness. These long, slow passages lead you down corridors where only shadows dwell and where no soul can escape. Through fifty plus minutes you are greeted with furious and spectral tracks that drive you further and further in to the realm of madness. For eight soul harvesting tracks Grave Upheaval presents you with incredibly well done death doom that is not to be looked over or passed on. This untitled record is something to behold in all of its miserable majesty as Grave Upheaval have upped the ante and presented something that will be remembered for some time to come. This is an outstanding record to say the least and will surely be one of the best records released this year.
This record will be released April 15, 2018 through Nuclear War Now! Productions.
Take a listen to the third track off of this upcoming release below!