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Abyssmal Sorrow : Lament

Listening to Abyssmal Sorrow's 'Lament', you’re immediately inundated with the blackest of emotions.

Despair's Triumvirate (Nortt / Funeral Mourning / Abyssmal Sorrow) are the upper echelon of Funeral Black Doom and whilst these three manifestations share similar tendencies, they greatly differ from one another.

Listening to Abyssmal Sorrow's 'Lament', I am immediately inundated with the blackest of emotions; hate, and I don't mean hostility directed towards others. This hatred is driven inward and steered by Abyssmal Sorrow, who have the skill to transfigure their music from being just an album, into something more, a soundtrack - I'm startled by the ease in which it leads my mind adrift, allowing for buried memories to surface. This despondent reverie becomes so entrenched that the (now) … no longer exists, and by the time the album’s apex is reached with 'echoes through the fields of death', you are forced to languish in the distant and murky waters of remorse, Instigated by the singular and constant beckoning of 'Lament'.

Guitars gracefully ebb back and forth, augmented by processional drums typical of the funeral cast. And honestly, if anything resembling musical virtuosity were to be found here, it would only diminish the (absolute) intoxication that is the perpetual struggle between solemnity and desperation. Abyssmal Sorrow guides the listener through this conflict by means of a deeply sorrowful vocal performance caught perfectly between a temperate growl and a soul’s unrestrained anguish that pleads with all its might. in extremis.

I must confess, however, that the private reflection is jarringly interrupted by dialogue during the instrumental 'Austere Lament Part One', this prosaic exposition is misguided and adds nothing to the work at hand, (and by extension) temporally loosening it’s grip on the thoughts so privately pulled into focus.

Notwithstanding, the arthritic flaw at (4:35-5:35), Abyssmal Sorrow's emphatic presence of loss and regret holds steady, capable of revealing true self-loathing, thus marking 'Lament' for an adepts course in Doom and not for the uninitiated. Funeral Black Doom is a cruel genre, and as such, it can open old wounds thus forcing the listeners to confront their most painful memories, What ever they may be.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Bound In Lifeless Affliction
2. Requiem For The Dying Moon
3. Cavernous Sorrow And Worthlessness
4. Echoes Through The Fields Of Death
5. Austere Lament Part One
6. Austere Lament Part Two

Duration : Approx. 54 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-03-01 by The Observer
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