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Worship - Dooom - 100%

Phuling, April 19th, 2008

This is definitely the most sought after doom record ever, at least for me. I absolutely love the old material by Worship, and when I heard that a new album would emerge I was both skeptical and excited. Excited ‘cause they’re one of the greatest funeral doom metal bands I know, but skeptical since Max is no longer with us. As fans of the band undoubtedly know, Max (drums, vocals) committed suicide some years back, which meant the end of Worship. But relieved, I can say that the legacy and void left behind, has been skillfully handled by The Doommonger.

The agonized riffs build up such an amazingly stark and heavily depressed aura. And as the slow drums pound it’s difficult not to get into a rhythmic catatonic state. If you just let yourself fully submit to the atmosphere, the guitar leads will hit you with an overwhelming will to cry. It is utterly depressing music. The hoarse growls gives the impression of a truly hurting man, in lost of the will to live, but without the mental capacity to end it. And the somber choir that pops up in the background every now and then just enhances all these emotions. The thick and heavy sound really lets all the instruments, and every aspect of the music, take its full effect; the production is really marvelous. And to top it all off the digibook and booklet looks freakishly amazing. If you’ve heard any of their old material then you know what to expect, but if not I guess I can compare it a bit to acts such as Thergothon, Mournful Congregation and Stabat Mater. And that means slow, agonized and really heavy funeral doom metal.

Parts of Dooom was recorded back in 2000, but finished in 2007. And it’s a bit spooky to hear a voice from beyond, but to know that Max was still part of this recording gives the album a whole other dimension. In each and every aspect this album is a killer; a killer of joy and a breeder of negativity. And let me just state that the frantic background screaming that emerges halfway into I am the end – Crucifixion part II is absolutely terrifying, enough to make a grown man imagine he’s hearing voices.

Originally written for www.mylastchapter.net