Mourn­ful Con­gre­ga­tion

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THE INCUBUS OF KARMA

OSMOSE DOWN UN­DER FU­NERAL DOOM CREW BREAK THEIR SEVEN-YEAR CURSE

It’s been about four years since the last re­lease by th­ese Aus­tralians, and a mas­sive seven since their last full-length – plenty of time for you to have got all those happy thoughts out of your head in prepa­ra­tion. Mourn­ful Con­gre­ga­tion have long had a knack for writ­ing achingly melan­cholic and solemn works in a clas­sic fu­neral doom style, while still man­ag­ing to sound fresh and rel­e­vant. Of course, with 15-22-minute tracks, you’ll def­i­nitely need a taste for the band’s ex­er­cises in heav­i­ness, but once again the im­pres­sive and emo­tive mu­si­cian­ship adds an­other layer to pro­ceed­ings. Com­plex me­an­der­ing gui­tars and clean synths draw the lis­tener fur­ther in dur­ing the in­stru­men­tal pas­sages, lulling you into a false sense of se­cu­rity in time for the big, slow, fuzzy riffs and deep im­mer­sive vo­cals of the more crush­ing and min­i­mal pas­sages.

FOR FANS OF: EVOKEN, THERGOTHON, PAN­THE­IST

DAYAL PAT­TER­SON

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