This is hands down the doom metal record of the year. I'm willing to stand behind that statement to the end. I mean yeah - a lot of the doom greats didn't put out records this year (2014 was after all a benchmark year for doom) but that doesn't change the fact that The Tomb Of All Things is one of the great artistic statements of the decade. I try not to make authoritative statements on this blog, but every once in a while something hits me that is so profound, so heavy, so potentially life changing that it is impossible to deny - this is one such record.
Brilliantly composed and beautifully constructed Un have a sense of melody that rivals bands like Pallbearer and a sense of grandeur that challenges even the mighty Yob. The Tomb Of All Things takes you on an incredible journey, one that is impossible to forget, and one that you want to keep taking, time and time again. There is an incredible depth to this album, so much so that it almost forces you to come back for spin after spin and revel in the crushing growls and rich soundscapes. The band is careful to allow for plenty of space and unleash a sense of sonic liberation - a crucial part to any doom record, and one of the defining elements of this one. The end result is, simply put, one of the heaviest things I've heard in years.
The Tomb Of All Things is not a record to be taken for granted. It's one of those brilliant compositions that guides you forth and gives you a reason to live. It carries you out of the murk on slow, trudging shoulders, shoulders made of blood forged steel, fully aware of the weight of this world. The Tomb Of All Things comes from a group of artists who understand the struggles of daily life and from that they have been able to unleash something pure and transcendent. This is doom metal for the modern age, and it should never be forgotten.
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