Chuck Schuldiner Project

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Mournful Congregation - The Incubus Of Karma

It's been seven years since we've had a Mournful Congregation full length, a stunning amount of time, especially given how dedicated the fanbase is. But in the slow moving world of funeral doom, seven years is like a blink of an eye. It makes the bands latest release,
The Incubus Of Karma all the better, and while one could argue that the scarcity of new Mournful Congregation music over the last decade could have something to do with it, I feel confident in saying that this offering is one of their best yet.

I know that I have a reputation as a funeral doom fanboy and that it's easy for me to get carried away with these sorts of things, but simultaneously, it feels like the band has crafted something iconic with this release. They've been a group for a quarter century, and now more than ever it feels like not only can Mournful Congregation craft some of the most tear jerking funeral doom that I have ever heard, but they can make you want to drown in the seemingly never ending sorrow that is their artistic triumph. This is an album that sucks you up and reminds you time and time again why we fell in love in the first place.

The Incubus Of Karma is a challenging listen at times, but it's also an album that reminds you authoritatively why these guys are so goddamn beloved. It's an album that comes out of seemingly nowhere to craft some of the most thrilling doom metal soundscapes that I have heard in a good long while. It is these very soundscapes that bring me to tears, which crush my soul and which make me realize this could possibly be my album of the year. There is a transcendent majesty to The Incubus Of Karma, it's a record that understands the power of funeral doom because its writers built the genre from the ground up, and I fucking love it.

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