Crushing Heaviness & Sumptuous Female Vocals !
Today I’m happy to present you a new band from London, Lowen, a promising Doom trio with no other than our own Mrs. PersianThunder, Nina Saeidi at the vocals, Shem Lucas at the guitars and Louis Suckling at the drums.
A Crypt In The Stars is their debut album which will be out July 6th digitally, we’re premiering just below the title track of the album.
How is the sound ?
I can already tell you this release is crushingly heavy and will satisfy all doomheads, especially the people who enjoy high-pitched female vocals, and I know there are a lot of fuzzers in that case 😉
Nina indeed has that sumptuous bewitching voice that fits perfectly for the genre, add to that a huge dose of ethereal reverb and delay across all the album, she could easily become the next Dorthia Cottrell (Windhand)! Her own middle-est origins, from Iran to be exact, are also present in the album, particularly on the first track “Ashurbanipal’s Request” where she sings in “Farsi”.
On the other side of the sound spectrum, by that I mean the low and heavy one, Shem & Louis build up the foundation of a progressive doom that has a higher tempo than what you would usually think when you hear the word “DOOM”. Yep we have a great Temperature Level in A Crypt in the Stars, the only really “slow doomy” song is the last one, and the longest one, “In Perpetual Bloom“.
Shem has the double duty of doing both the guitar and the bass, I think he handles it pretty well. I also like the more “Post-Metal” guitar parts in “The Fortress of Blood” and in “A Crypt In The Stars“, it gives another layer to their sound.
I think Lowen has the chops to integrate well into this scene, even if it’s already quite crowded with other great bands, fuzzers will always ask for more quality DOOOOOOOMMMM
Why is this album worth listening to ?
- For Nina’s amazing vocals!
- If you wanna get crushed by the heaviness while having a good Temperature level!
In what situation you should listen to this album ?
Duh! Of course in A Crypt in the Stars while following Nina’s incantations
Something particular to note ?
Look at that cover art Taken from the painting “L’initiation” of the French fantastic artist Hervé Scott Flament, here is the full painting below :
For Fans Of
Windhand, Grajo, Sleep, Hela
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