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Scriptures Of Grief

Year Released: 2017
Format: Download
Label: Sentient Ruin
 
Reviewed by Alex Deller on Apr 5, 2017
Utterly guttural death-doom whose three tracks amount to the sad, weary, spirit-murdered sigh of a crumbling golem. It's heavy, of course. But the heaviness doesn't really stem from the sound – which is odd, and slightly crispy at the edges – but more from the sentiment it possesses. The vocals are gurgled and growled, with mournful chants occasionally bleeding into the background static. The vast majority of the riffs are rather inchoate, but lugubrious guitar lines occasionally make their way through the mists, chiming like dolorous church bells. It's the work of one solitary Belgian, and I don’t know whether this is a good or a bad thing. On the one hand it's rather a shame that he doesn't have bandmates to share the burden with, but at the same time three or four people working together while sharing the same state of psychic malaise might be even greater cause for concern.


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