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Art comes in many different shapes, sizes, packages, etc… but it rarely comes in the form of music. While many “musicians” claim to be “artists”, less than a handful truly are. On this recording we see that music can be art and that it can also be heavy and moving.
This is arguably the bands best recording as it’s full of emotion on both straight forward and abstract levels. It’s truly a poetic movement from start to finish; even when the music is playing without the vocals the music has such a weight to it, that it’s unreal.
The production is pretty good (certainly their best to this point) and as such makes the music standout even more. The guitars are massive, monolithic and balls out heavy; however they are very melodic and harmonize in interesting places. They drone and yet never stagnate. There is certainly enough crunch to open chorded parts to appease all walks of Metal. The amount of atmosphere that is created without the usage of keyboards is astounding to say the least. There is even a solo of sorts on track three ‘We, the Gods’.
The bass wanders around the drums, both of which are near trance like with combined with the guitars. The vocals (the last to be heard from original vocalist Darren White) fit perfectly with the ponderous nature of this sprawling release. This is where he created the “moody” clean vocals that are still used by various Doomdeath/Doom Metal bands to this day. He only really growls on the last track, the rest is cleanly moaned/sung/shouted.
If there is any complaint to be had it is that this is only an EP and not a full length. This album is almost indescribable. It’s epic, mournful, and ponderous, yet it leaves the listener with a sense wonder and longing. The lyrics are rather abstract but fit in a beautifully poetic way. This is one of few instances (in the history of music) that a piece of music can truly be called ‘art’ without being clichéd.