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When it comes to extreme funeral doom, these two bands are in a league of their own. There are other funeral doom bands that explore themes of torment and the utterly gruesome. Yet none of them combine this with the intense, distorted into the inhuman, screams of both guitars and vocals: a perfect release for the masochistic doomsters.

Worship is a cult band known for their extreme musical expressions. Their suicidal and self-tormenting lyrics combined with the claustrophobic and disheartening bleakness create an auditory experience that can no longer be called music. I'm having a hard time putting words on what this piece of cruel sound is, but whatever it is, it is truly one of the sickest works of audio torture.

Stabat Mater is less known and slightly less distorted as well. This Finnish band is extremely obscure and it seems that no one really knows who they are. After releasing this piece of music I can well understand why.

As I listen to this track for what seems like the millionth time, I am still not prepared for what I am about to hear. It begins with an interlude with radio fuzz, and if you listen carefully you can hear the very faint screams in the background that give you a little hint of what is to come. A dark, sadistic voice rumbles ominously, and almost godlike. This is the master speaking. And for every master there has to be a slave...

It is here that the incomprehensible comes into play. Two long sections of flogging, hellish screams, sobbing and truly realistic howls of pain gnaws its way straight into the heart root. This is absolutely the most sadistic creation in the metal genre that has ever been done. When the outro comes and the aura of the torture chamber fades into radio fuzz again, it is a relief. This is definitely not recommended to the weak of heart.

I'm left behind with a reflection on the two tracks of horror that have come to pass during the last twenty minutes. It is night and I have to go to bed. It is probably better to face the images and go upstairs to invoke the inevitable nightmare.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Song For Our Slaves-In The Name Of Selfkrucifixion

Stabat Mater:
2. Give Them Pain

Duration : Approx. 21 minutes

Visit the Worship bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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