“As a post-2010 death metal band, they have put out consistently quality material at reasonable intervals. Sombre Doom, the Greek band’s new EP, continues the trend.”
Dead Congregation are one of the few bands that have found a unique combination of old school songwriting and modern day execution. As a post-2010 death metal band, they have put out consistently quality material at reasonable intervals. Sombre Doom, the Greek band’s new EP, continues the trend.
Sombre Doom opens with ‘Redemptive Immolation’. Nine minutes of surging doom death, invoking memories of early Incantation, Funebrarum, and Immolation. Textural and progressive, with Sabbathian chords manifesting behind rotating phrases of single note melodies. ‘Redemptive Immolation’ moves like a glacier, or the subtle spread of disease, like a tornado in slow motion. There is a great buildup of tension that never resolves in this track, it instead utilizes ‘Wind’s Bane’ for resolution and release.
Like a roadside bomb, this track explodes, stunning and wounding, creating a sense of panic and chaos. The centralized guitar tone explodes in a buzzing flurry, each riff forming and resolving, efficiently unfolding the narrative created by ‘Redemptive Immolation.’ The composition and atmosphere reek less of anger and rage and more of total despair and apocalyptic decay.
Production is modernized however a combination of pure songwriting mechanics with proper mixing creates a sensible blend of old-school aesthetic much needed in a time of oversaturation and uniformity.
There are no big risks taken on Dead Congregation’s newest work. It runs purely on exceptional atmosphere, tonal quality, and songwriting. This is a textbook case of ‘more of the same.’ Dead Congregation has always put out quality material, and with ‘more of the same’, Sombre Doom is simply a continuation of this trend. With only two tracks on the EP, it leaves the rare feeling of wanting more.