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Thergothon : Stream from the Heavens

If there is one band on earth that can top (or should I say dive?) the Finnish band Skepticism in slowness, it must be their compatriots of Thergothon. Hardly ever can one hear music as slow, brutal, heavy and utterly depressing as in this album. It deserves entirely the label "genre classic". Every single second with this album playing, tears the listener up between the most negative feelings one can have.

Sadness, despair, pure misery and suffering, this is what this album is about and it is one of the best attempts ever to convert those emotions into music. You have no idea how long two seconds can last if that is the period of time you have to wait before you hear the drummer hit his drums another time. With an average of 7 minutes per song, you can easily call these tracks 'Everlasting', which is also the name of the first track. We can also find the song 'Yet the Watchers Guard' and 'Elemental' on this album again (both songs that are also featured on their demo 'Fhtagn-nagh Yog-Sothoth'). Another great song on this album is called 'Who Rides the Astral Wings', that has great double vocals.

Instrumentally, Thergothon uses heavy, distorted but very slow guitars, dark sounding drums as slow as the guitars and sometimes an organ sound in the background. Vocals are mainly grunts. Very deeeeeeeep grunts, almost like vomiting. It's the kind of grunts that makes you wonder "How does he do that?". Every now and then there is an additional clean voice too to implement the grunts.

If you are a fan of slow, depressing doom music, you should own this album. Avantgarde Music thought so too, and to make it easier for the fans, they re-released the impossible to find album in 2000. Great job, Avantgarde!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Everlasting
2. Yet the Watchers Guard
3. The Unknown Kadath in the Cold Waste
4. Elemental
5. Who Rides the Astral Wings
6. Crying Blood and Crimson Snow

Duration : Approx. 41 minutes.

Visit the Thergothon bandpage.

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