Epic Soul-Pulling Swedish Doom
Throneless just released their self-titled album on Heavy Psych Sounds Records today, and it is a real doom masterpiece. Heavy riffs, drowned-out doom vocals, and driving, controlling drums swirl together under the gloomy sky of a Swedish winter’s night in the form of four pretty long songs (clocking in at just over 35 minutes). And damn, do these guys know what they’re doing.
How is the sound ?
These songs go all over the place, bringing in tons of different riffs and rhythmic patterns, the atmosphere and pace of this album is complex, yet humble and unassuming. This album reeks of the doomiest bands of all – Electric Wizards’s We Live stuck out in particular – but also brings in the quiet, still, bleak aesthetic that you might find in Opeth’s Blackwater Park.
In these reviews, I tend to note that the albums flow from start to finish and work as cohesive units of songwriting and craftsmanship. It’s a sign of good musicians if the album can play from start to finish without the listener wanting to skip a song. Throneless transcended this feat – not only did I listen to this album all the way through without skipping a song, it took me multiple listens to recognize when one song ended and another started. This album has a certain hypnotic quality, that sure, these songs stand great on their own and they’re fucking heavy as hell, but do yourself a favor and listen to this thing from start to finish if you really want to experience what Throneless brings to the table.
Having that said, the biggest point in the album during my listens were the back half of “Cavedrones” as it faded into “Thinning the Herd“. The heavy, soul-pulling riffs, the earth-crushing drums, and the hypnotic vibrations of the bass in these songs really accentuates what DOOM is to me, and Throneless seems to be all about it.
Needless to say, at the very least, give this a listen. It will be worth your time, and you might end up buying these up-and-coming doom greats’ first LP. Great job, Throneless. Can’t wait to see what’s next.
Why is this album worth listening ?
- This album is awesome, straightforward doom that has the haunted, gloomy atmosphere that is a signature of Scandinavia.
- Very few groups can pull off being this heavy and this doomy without sounding cheesy – hell, even Electric Wizard gets cheesy at times – but these guys keep it humble but grim, and the sound is never forced.
- This sound pulls you in and fills your head with dark, psychedelic vibes and heavy, vibrant riffs.
In what situation you should listen to this album ?
- When you have the time and patience to drone.
- In the upcoming dark, bleak days of winter.
- In a dazed and confused state.
Something particular to note
This album drops October 30 and is available here on black or brown vinyl. This one will be worth having on vinyl.
Thinning the Herd, Cavedrones
For Fans Of
Electric Wizard, Conan, Ufomammut, Dark Buddha Rising, Opeth
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