|Canadian extreme doom seems to be on the uprise lately. Of course, we had a project like Zaraza a couple of years ago, and Longing for Dawn with two good albums, but now there's Towards Darkness (previously known as The Mass) to fill the ranks.|
This is the debut album, released on Twilight Foundation, the daughter label of Cyclic Law from Montréal. We get over an hour of funeral doom with a touch of drone (the non-doom kind) thrown in. The majority of the tracks are slow and heavy, with growls, keyboards and plodding riffs, sounding quite a bit like countryfellows Longing for Dawn, but also with a nod towards Shape of Despair. Some riffs are sustained for a long period, creating hypnotic sections in some of the tracks. "Alone" is an instrumental interlude with acoustic guitar, while the final, untitled track is a very enjoyable piece of droning dark ambient with a post-industrial atmosphere.
This isn't the most innovative album I've heard recently, but it is definitely a well done debut, and worth checking out if you like funeral doom with an atmospheric (but not cheesy) touch.
1. The Summit
3. Nine Faces
4. Continuity Error
Duration : 63 minutes
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