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The Gradual Dying – Siege (2021)

Hailing from Australia, this demise/doom
quintet has some widespread floor main as much as their present
incarnation. Not solely is that this the fourth non-split album to come back from The Gradual Dying, however three of the members are additionally in Horrisonous and Illimitable
Dolor, with the 2 vocalists (one in every of whom additionally handles keyboards)
having been plucked from Muskrat and Oracle of the Void. With the
shared historical past between the principle instrumental members, you’d anticipate to
discover this mission approached with a powerful sense of goal, and simply
from glancing on the monitor occasions, that suspicion appears borne out.
Totaling simply over an hour, break up between 4 songs, it is clear that
the band has their ambitions set excessive,

Opening monitor “Tyranny” leads into
its physique with a lush intro, strings and keys drifting over one another
in a dreamlike softness. In fact, it isn’t too lengthy earlier than a
tougher edge reveals itself, because the bassist steps in with a staunch riff
and gliding resonance, ultimately joined by sooner guitar and one in every of
the vocalists (Mandy Andresen), who offers an earthy vibe not
dissimilar from early Windhand or Jess And The Historic Ones. That
heat vibe is counter-balanced by the deeper growls from second
vocalist Gamaliel, permitting the band to present a extra human than standard
manifestation of the demise/doom distinction. The place Andresen’s vocals
may be put in opposition to chugging guitar, Gamaliel’s may discover some
flippantly plucked acoustic string backing, and so forth. It is a intelligent
and compelling strategy to the music, however even past that clear
hook, the songs are structured with care. Prolonged as they’re, the
quite a few sections inside the songs handle to keep away from dragging.
As an alternative, there’s each emotion to savor within the second, and the
anticipation of the subsequent shift, with the various actions flowing
easily into each other.

The band additionally brings a satisfying selection
of tonal and timbral qualities. Even inside the opening monitor, the
guitars shift their moody presences round from menacing, to
meditative, to mournful, and extra. Whereas there’s not the form of
overt time signature leaping and staggered rhythmic play that may
make your thoughts leap to prog, there is definitely some progressive
spirit animating the musicians’ strategy to the song-writing. Take
“Famine”, for instance, which alternates a rolling, virtually Iron
Maiden-ish rhythmic pull (down-shifted to doom gear, in fact) with
slower, extra somber sections. Not a brand new trick for doom, however the band
deploys it splendidly, returning to the tougher riff every time with
elevated ferocity, chewing proper via the track’s 13
minutes. Even if you happen to’re not intent on selecting aside the songcraft,
it is simple to sink into their deep grooves and savor the work put into
them. All collectively, it is a wonderful and spectacular piece of labor. If
you are seeking thoughtfully crafted doom, do not let this one go

~ Gabriel

For Followers Of; Bell Witch,
The Fateful Hour, Heavydeath, Ksyatriya, Ufomammut

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The Gradual Dying – Famine



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