Chuck Schuldiner Project

Thursday, July 20, 2023

Godthrymm - Distortions


Godthrymm impressed us all in 2020 with their debut full length Reflections. Featuring Shaun Taylor-Steels and Hamish Glencross of My Dying Bride fame, their trad doom aesthetic was eerie and powerful. Now the band is back with Distortions, augmented by the inimitable Catherine Glencross who brings her vocals and keyboard work to round out the album and leave listeners in awe of the doomed ministrations that have come to shape this band. Distortions is an absolute jaw dropper, an art doom masterpiece that is sure to entrance.

With Distortions Godthrymm are able to use heaviness as a way to entrance and seduce listeners into falling in love with what's been crafted here. The massive guitar harmonies and crushing bottom end trudge forward, entrancing listeners with the breadth of their compositions and the elegant beauty of their performances. Distortions is an album that consistently proves just how deep and interesting Godthrymm's body of work can be. It's hard not to be enamored with the larger than life poetry of what's being accomplished with this album. Godthrymm have found a way to cultivate and expand their sound to bold new heights time and time again. 

Doom metal is so rarely transcendent and stately these days, two elements that contibuted greatly to the rise of My Dying Bride. Godthrymm is able to take this stately doom metal sound in a fresh new direction and leave listeners enamored. It's the sort of thing that made people love Subrosa, or more recently bands like Tribunal. Distortions is a stunner and it hints at so much more to come. As the band evolves I think they are only going to become all the more impressive, and what more could you want from a doom band in 2023?

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