Are you feeling lost? Are you confused in this ever unfolding complexity of genres, sub-genres, influences and communities? I know I am. Sometimes, everything just feels so crazy. Half of these genres would have sounded absurd to me as I was growing up and getting to know metal. That’s why I often require grounding; some excellently made music but of a genre which I can instantly recognize and relate to. Enter Orphans of Dusk. Relying on undeniable musicianship, production and intellect, these guys are here to do one thing and do it well: Funeral Doom. Head on over the jump to see why these guys are just what you need in this ever-shifting conundrum that is modern metal.

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What’s not to like here? The subtle effect on the clean vocals makes them perfect in their role, supporting the growls. The keyboards at the beginning of the track are austere and majestic. The leads dispersed throughout the whole thing are second only to the tolling riffs, shattering across our ears like bells. The clean vocals near the end, so reminicsent of Agalloch, tie the whole thing into a beautiful whole.

And the rest is just as good. The opening track is a bit faster, again recalling some of Agalloch’s work, while the two closing tracks use the synths in an even heavier fashion, reminding one of Ghost. The only complaint you might have with this release is that it’s short: twenty seven minutes is not nearly enough for doom, not to mention doom this good.

The only thing that is left for us it to hope that they release more music. And soon.


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