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Album of the Day: Fórn – The Departure Of Consciousness

Posted on Wednesday, August 27th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: The Departure of Consciousness is the soundtrack to collapse – the slow, final collapse of a dying relationship, the slow cascade of brick and mortar from a collapsing building or the terrifying claustrophobia of the inward collapse of the human mind, all are evoked by the ominously tolling, echoing notes, monstrously thick blast-furnace chords, harrowing screams and bellows and starkly-swinging wrecking-ball percussive bludgeon that is summoned forth by Boston-based quintet Fórn on this, their debut full-length.

Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate indeed.

Forn - The Departure Of Consciousness

When the guitars switch from hollow toll to avalanche of bulldozing filth during the final portion of instrumental opener Emergence, the overwhelming impression is of every last molecule of oxygen being sucked from the room, soon to be followed by every drop of blood in your body. Fierce and utterly suffocating.

As far as debut albums go, this is a hell of a statement.

Last year’s self-titled EP was good, but The Departure of Consciousnessis a whole ‘nother level of pitch black funereal doom metal – note the use of ‘funereal’ as opposed to ‘funeral’, as although Fórn possess the generally glacial pace, cavernous, guttural vocals and serpentine twisted guitar harmonies that characterise funeral doom, they have a rawer, more organic tone than that generally associated with the genre and a propensity for piling on the guitars and filthy bass just when you think things can’t get any heavier.

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Album of the Day: Funerary – Starless Aeon

Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Funerary are still relatively unknown, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t talented. In fact, the underground has always been a place full of exciting talents a lot of people aren’t aware of. Thanks to the Internet, its now easier to discover and explore them. […]

Album of the Day: Lonely Kamel – Shit City

Posted on Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: It’s still unusual to find that one of Europe’s strongest exports of desert rock, especially with a name like Lonely Kamel, hails from the frost-bitten lands of Norway, culturally famed for its black metal output. Yet on the brink of releasing their fourth studio […]

Album of the Day: Pallbearer – Foundations Of Burden

Posted on Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Pallbearer’s Sorrow and Extinction emerged as the sleeper (metal) album of 2012, eventually finding itself at the top of many end of year best lists and burned into the minds of listeners new to the scene; unfortunately, the signature strengths that define the core […]

Album of the Day: The Heads – Everyone Knows That We Got Nowhere

Posted on Monday, August 18th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: I shit you not, you goggle-eyed loons, but Bristol’s legendary (yet strangely unsung) psych-heroes The Heads are possibly the definitive uber-cult stoner-psych band of the late 20th/ early 21st century. I have a hunch that possibly the majority of people reading this review have […]

Album of the Day: The Great Sabatini – Dog Years

Posted on Monday, July 28th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Montreal’s The Great Sabatini are one of the latest additions to the excellent French label Solar Flare Records’ roster, and with label mates ranging from Sofy Major to Pigs, you could probably hazard a guess before hearing them that they’re going to enjoy damaging […]

Album of the Day: Ancient Altar – S/T

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: When Los Angeles, CA doom instrumentalist quartet Iron Mtn ended its 7+ year stint back in June of 2013, loyal fans and followers of bassist / founder Scott Carlson (and his team of sludge assassins) mourned with the hope (and expectation) that his next […]

Album of the Day: Earthless Meets Heavy Blanket – In A Dutch Haze

Posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: You never forget your first Roadburn. Ever. The Tilburg-based jewel in the world’s crown of heavy and expansive music festivals is a truly magical environment; one which is built upon a solemn promise of musical joy, artistic freedom and non-prejudicial acceptance which binds like-minded […]

Album of the Day: USA Out Of Vietnam – Crashing Diseases And Incurable Airplanes

Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Aurora Borealis have a good track record when it comes to pushing originality and are clearly not afraid to put out some truly challenging and left of centre releases. From the ultra-raw black metal oddities of Wolfmangler and Dead Ravens Choir to the more […]

Album of the Day: Lecherous Gaze – Zeta Reticuli Blues

Posted on Monday, July 7th, 2014

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: 100% raw, uncompromising, kick-ass rock and roll!!! Really the above line could quite easily comprise the whole review for this Zeta Reticuli Blues as it pretty much says it all… but being a conscientious writer and knowing you will all want to know a […]

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