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Other Worldly Bliss - 90%

grimdoom, July 27th, 2016

Funeral doom is still a vastly unexplored world, and there are a variety of directions it could go. Slow takes a few of them all at once on this album. They managed to combine steady pace, strange arrangements and bits of both future and past bands to create something original and familiar.

The first thing you'll notice when listening to this is the Thergothon influence. This album picks up right where 'Streams from the Heaven's' left off. The biggest differences would be the better non-frog like vocals, and the hint of Jesu that rounds out the more familiar sounds. This isn't to say that Slow is a Thergothon clone, but the influence is certainly there. The band takes it in another way and it rocks (like what Rapture did to Katatonia's 'Brave Murder Day' sound). Surely, a modern Thergothon would sound akin to this.

Cavernous growls dominate the slow vistas and add a weight that would otherwise be lost. The guitars are very effects driven and very heavy throughout this beast of an album. The clean guitar is reminiscent of a more structured diSEMBOWELMENT or a drunken Evoken.

There is a fun, although creepy, otherworldly vibe throughout the whole of the recording. It is as if you're listening to the maudlin sounds of the end of the world. Truly, this album is amazing. Unfortunately, it's the only album released before the band folded. This is highly recommended.

A Watery Grave Awaits - 91%

TheStormIRide, May 21st, 2014

Slow is one of three projects formed by the talented youngster Markov Soroka; the Ukranian-born-now-U.S.-based musician also responsible for the symphonic black/death metal act Eternium and the atmospheric black metal band Aureole. Unsleep (2014) is the debut full length album from Slow, his funeral doom metal project. I went on about the mature song writing on my review for Eternium’s debut album and Unsleep is no different, which continues to show off Soroka’s dedication to releasing quality music. Unsleep was released digitally and on CD through a partnership with Black Plague Records and Metallic Media.

As you should be able to gather, the music on Unsleep is not a rapid fire affair, as the focus is on “slow” building passages, unsettling atmospheres and crushing riffs. There is a delicate balance of adroit melodies among wandering routes and suffocating heaviness. Strained lead guitar notes slowly rise to the surface as the melodies wander, which, although it happens throughout the album, I feel are best exemplified towards the end of the opening track “Drowned I: Stem”. The music’s crushing nature combined with malformed notes and echoing constructs provide a dreary and hopeless atmosphere.

It comes as no surprise that the album’s theme is about sinking further and further into abyssal waters with no real chance of resurfacing. The brilliant lyrics paint a rather bleak image with the phrase “I drown” being a focal element to the gurgling bellows that constitute vocals. The vocals, at times, sound like Soroka was swallowing buckets of water to get the desired effect. The imagery of a man slowly sinking to his own watery grave is bleak, indeed, but the lyrics paint this figure as someone who is also gaining a greater sense of self realization, a sense of tranquil fulfillment. This notion is carried through those rising bubbles of lead guitar notes, almost as if the rays of the sun are attempting to cut their way through the vast depths to reach this once tormented soul who has finally reached acceptance. A tad cliché, I know, but this is an emotionally draining piece of funeral doom metal.

With Unsleep, Markov Soroka has really hit his stride. This is top notch funeral doom metal. While it is draining and unsettling, there is a surreal layer of beauty throughout. Despite the entire affair being drenched with aquatic melancholy, there seems to be a faint glimmer of hope as the protagonist reaches both his realization and the bottom of the depths. This is an immersive album that will demand your attention for its entirety, but the journey is not without its rewards. Each successive listen will show new layers and depths unfolding before your ears; give it time to grow. Unsleep is a remarkable album that fans of any funeral doom are certain to enjoy. It also shows that with one album, Slow has truly left its mark on the metal world.

Written for The Metal Observer.