It’s no secret that I am a fan of things that go slow, deep and somber. This year is already turning out to be a fantastic one for these kind of sounds, what with Thou releasing their masterpiece, Heathen. However, I can never quite get enough of the emotional peaks and lows that post metal and doom supply. Therefore, I was quite happy to discover Raum Kingdom. These Irish boys certainly deliver on the promise created by their rune covered, blackened album cover. Get a taste for yourself, right after the jump.
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‘Barren Objects’ is by far my favorite track from this album. It’s quiet opening is down right chilling, giving way to a momentous riff supported by excellent drums. The clean vocals are also a favorite feature of mine, carrying enough tension to keep you listening even through the aural chaos that surrounds them. The rest of the album is just as good, moving between the highs and lows typical to the genre with great grace. ‘Cross Reference’ is a quiet track that comes with an outstanding and moving sample of a vitriolic speech, while ‘These Open Arms’ and ‘This Sullen Hope’ pick up its theme and expand on it with relentless guitars that remind one of Isis or Mouth of the Architect.
The album is also free to download, so get over there and get some! We certainly hope Raum Kingdom can build on this release and supply us with more quality music in the future!