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Thergothon : Fhtagn-nagh Yog-Sothoth

Initially released in 1991, Eibon records decided to re-release Thergothon's demo album in the summer of 1999. The demotracks were remastered and provided with new artwork (which is excellent btw. Just too bad the slide card board doesn't have the normal CD case measurements). Legendary Finnish cult doom band Thergothon released only one album after this demo, called 'Stream from the Heavens', in 1994, on Avantgarde Records.

Thergothon plays slow, dirging doom-metal with sickening grunts. The vocals seem to come straight from the lowermost parts of Niko Sirkia's soul. I personally haven't heard another band with growls so deep. All four tracks are more or less in the same vein: Downtuned guitars play a slow melody riff, drums are way in the back and have a very distant sound, in-your-face growls explicitely in the front. Two of the songs are retaken on their latter full length album.

If this isn't depressive, then nothing is. I still wonder what other band there is with a cold, frightening style like this effort of Thergothon. Maybe it is slightly comparable to Winter?

[note by editor: Interesting fact is that the song 'Evoken' is indeed where the band Evoken got their name from!]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Elemental
2. Evoken
3. yet the Watchers Guard
4. The Twilight Fade

Duration : Approx. 27 minutes,

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Arnstein H. Pettersen
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