For all Doom lovers! It's impossible to hunt mammoths these days, but listening to this just might be the next best thing.
I am proud to present doom metal band Mang Ont from my own hometown Tartu, Estonia. They formed in 2012 as a four member group and released their first album 4 aastat (4 years), then with a singer, in 2015. Now their numbers have reduced to three (guitar/drone synth, drums, guitar) and they are an instrumental band. Võhk (Mammoth’s tusk) is their first full-length album „inspired by cold Nordic climate, shamans and cave age“.
This is what they say about themselves: „Three modest tractor drivers from the North. Their loathsome visions manifest as slow paced, massive riffs, hitting you unexpected like a roar from mammoth melting out of permafrost in the phantasmal polar night.“
How is the sound ?
This is DOOM, alright! As proper agents of the genre, the trio takes a full five minutes at the beginning of first piece “Polaarviirastus“ (Polar Hallucination) to reveal their true potential and I am sure there won’t be any disappointment among listeners. They mix heaviness with drone synth to create the trippy atmosphere and so the album begins flowing like a melting glacier. Slow and low riff being the body of ice, drums the boulders rumbling along.
On the first listening, each subsequent track might very easily become your new favourite of the list. “Mordvalane“ (Mordvinian) – the second piece increases the depth of the echoing low tone to the point it’s so splendidly tasty that it’s mouth-watering.
You hear the solo guitar gaining its footing before the third track, but in “Kasvav Koidik“ (Rising Dawn) it really climbs over the established soundscape and becomes the northern lights above the glacier.
To continue the visualization I’d say the next piece “Jäine Rahe“ (Icy Hail) paints a miserably cold storm onto the canvas. You can hear the sound getting beefier and angrier, bringing us almost to the summit.
Last track “Shaamaniraev“ (Shaman’s Rage) makes the ground shake as it introduces the most crushing one of the slow riffs. Everything heard before has now come together to make up the final solution. About a minute before the silence the ground shatters.
Why is this album worth listening ?
- Instrumental doom metal can be repetitive and even boring to some, but this is not the case here.
- For expanding your knowledge on doom metal bands from different places all over the world.
In what situation you should listen to this album ?
- Anywhere you can play it on speakers that can handle the sound and anytime you can free your ears for 43 minutes and you can trust them to free your mind.
Something particular to note?
- The album can really carry you away and if you enjoy riffs getting slower and slower and slower – then this is for you.
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