Warm, Fuzzy Occult Doom? That's Right.
I don’t know what it is about Sweden but, man… their music is so good! There’s something about their art – it’s authentic, deep and passionate in so many levels. I personally hold a higher standard when it comes to Swedish music; I know I can always expect something special. When I first listened to Mapping The Inner Void, I had actually no idea Kingnomad was a Swedish band. When I found out, I could only think “Of course. It makes perfect sense.”
How is the sound ?
Kingnomad takes us back in time in a gloomy 38-minute ride, starting with “Lucifer’s Dream”, a straightforward opener with a rich, ethereal melody as if you were being guided by the undead through the chambers of an abandoned dungeon. There’s so much in every moment of this track, it takes quite a few listens to appreciate what they put into it.
“Nameless Cult” keeps it up with a more energetic, violent riffage for its verses and a soothing and melodic chorus with hypnotic vocals from Mr.Jay that makes me feel like I can listen to the song all day on repeat. Next up is “Whispers From R’lyeh”, the album’s equivalent to Electric Wizard’s “Mountains Of Mars” – a hypnotic bass-driven instrumental that prepares the listener for the vibe to come – “The Witches Garden”, a bluesy, trippy track reminiscent of Sabbath’s earlier work.
They turn up the fuzz on “The Green Meadow Part 1 & 2″ – and let their doomy roots take the listener’s ears throughout its lengthy 7 minutes – certainly a standout here. The next track, “She Wizard”, is a bit more on the simple side, reminding me of Ghost’s debut, with heavy organ usage and galloping guitars. The album closes with the ominous “The Waiting Game” – the densest song in Mapping The Inner Void – bringing a discomforting mood to the listener before it’s unsettling end – which left me with a feeling of emptiness inside – perhaps the inner void they were talking about.
Why is this album worth listening ?
- This is some of the highest-quality, Swedish doom metal you’ll be listening to in a while.
- The tracks are unique, sounding quite differently from one another while engaging in a dialogue among themselves – listen to the full album to get the full experience.
In what situation you should listen to this album ?
- Home alone at night reading a good horror book.
- Some place you can stop and listen to it with full attention – it deserves it.
For Fans Of
Dead Meadow, Youngblood Supercult, Ghost, Uncle Acid and the Deadbeats, Mars Red Sky
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