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Woebegone Obscured : Deathstination

[edit by admin.: The image of the cover is deceivingly bright. The actual one is so dark that you need a strong light source to see the image at all.]

When was the last time where you've been truly afraid by a Funeral Doom album? Over the course of the last decade, Funeral Doom has evolved from the purulent dry coldness of Thergothon to become something more musically developed, with classical/religious music influences. Bands like Until Death Overtakes Me, Pantheist or Nortt, while great musically, doesn't bring the feeling of utter dread that made 'Streams From The Heavens' such a timeless classic. Come Denmark's Woebegone Obscured, and I was pretty sure before even listening to it that I'll be forced through another bad attempt to sound like Nortt. I was damn wrong.

The only common point between the 2 bands is the country of origin. For Woebegone Obscured, to start, doesn't use any keyboards. Everything is done through the use of programming, guitars and bass. And the sound creating is nothing but audio freezing death. Alternating long songs of pure heavy darkness (the brilliant 'Maestitia' is nothing short from a classic in the genre) with excellent, more introspective instrumental parts (the sublime 'Stalactites' bring forth images of meditating in a deep-below cold cave where light has never been), the Danish duo pay tribute to the mightiest bands of the genre: diSEMBOWELMENT and Thergothon.

What makes Woebegone Obscured better than a thousand of other bands in the genre is its will to challenge your mind. It's easy to bring echoes to some guitars and bass to create a cold atmosphere, but it's harder to actually manage you to FEEL it. The record is full of great ideas (like the scarce use of clean vocals in the background, another nod to diSEMBOWELMENT), and the feeling of Death is omnipresent all along the 45 minutes Hell-trip that this gem is. And when you know that one of the band members spent some times in a mental asylum, you understand where this bleak soundtrack comes from. I'm generally not fan of Black-metallers doing Doom, for the two scenes have things in common musically, but not spiritually in my own opinion. Woebegone Obscured showed me that I was wrong, and I'm glad they did it so well. Get this album, it may be one of the best Funeral doom releases you'll ever hear.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. A Gust of Demention
2. Maestitia
3. Coils of Inana Comatose
4. Stalactites
5. Deathsrape

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes.

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Reviewed on 02-11-2009 by Laurent Lignon
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