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Death Has Spoken – ‘Call of the Abyss’

Ossuary Records
Katatonia, My Dying Bride, October Tide, Swallow the Sun
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Ossuary Records
Death/Doom Metal

Who doesn’t love a bit of sorrow in their metal? Whether death-doom is your cup of tea or not, Death Has Spoken have stirred up some heavy tunes in their new album ‘Call of the Abyss’. Dark and saturated with despair, this album is agonisingly melodic, while maintaining those trudgy tempos, hard hitting percussion and demonic growls that provide that doomy goodness.

The drums in ‘Call of the Abyss’ are tumultuous, caving in skulls with each hit. Guitars reflect nostalgic 90s era Katatonia parts, particularly that of Brave Murder Day, bass guitar is present, but simply works to thicken guitar chords and occasionally the bass drum. Vocals are a classic duet of high and low false cord growls, digging deep into the technique so widely appreciated across all metal genres, the higher screams really allowing the blackened elements of this album to shine through. Key changes and sub divisional variance provide flavours of prog metal to surface occasionally, while layered guitar riddled with effects, and synth sounds allow a misty atmosphere to cascade into the soniscape. 

It would be fair to say this album reflects a sound so easily forgotten by those who aren’t die-hard death doom fans, very elegantly capturing the 90s/00s vibe with the spin of modern production. It is axiomatic that ‘Call of the Abyss’ is a force to be reckoned with.

A solid album, bringing back nostalgia, but welded with modern production and developed songwriting to show distinctive progression. A must listen for any doom, prog or black metal fan.

"Death Has Spoken, and you must listen to their new album Call of the Abyss"

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