A veil of darkness lowers over the soundscape where rumbling lows and
piercing highs create the whole filled with gloom. A hoarse growling
voice proclaims truths that leave all else behind.
While the innocent bystander still feels intimidated the proclamations lose their power quite fast.
It is all a question of balance and here ...balance is lost.
much of one element will cause the naive listener to focus on other
things. Interest and intimidation fades. The darkness makes way for the
sunny daylight to shine over us and wash away the fears and the gloom.
You are not required to reinvent the wheel, but to restrain the
The excessive use of growls kills the effect that sparse and varying utilization could uphold.
The dry soundscape gives the clear high guitars sound an edge like nails on a chalkboardand there is no escape from it.
Still, no matter how the puny mortal views the facts, the music is captivating on its own account.
humble servant can only state his last request: For the next ceremony,
let the music breath and don't choke it under the growls.
written by Damned By Light Zine-----------------------------------------------------------------------
few days ago a rather extraordinary production from Syria
respectively from New England found its way to my Metal letterbox.
There is talk of the band INNZMOUTH which have created with
"Lovecraft Dreams" their first longplayer.
the cd title already reveals the two gents are H.P. Lovecraft fans
out and out. They triy to implement here his visions musically. And
they do this not that bad! On the contrary! Starting with the intro
"Esotoric Order Of Dagon" which already let guess where the
journey will lead us to.
sounds which dig its way halting and weighting several tons through
the dark thicket.
by solis which yet reinforce the gloomy, black undertone. Convoluted
sound structures which are very sophisticated but yet bear very much
intensity and energy enqueqe in the overall roundel. The dark, strong
growls fit superb in the overall structure and support the deep black
atmosphere. A surreal world of thoughts and worlds appears in the
listeners' mind's eye. Gloomy, icy and not of this world. Whispered
text passages which additionally yet seem frightening round off the
general impression. Therefore "Lovecraft Dreams" is no light food
for the sympathetic listener. Only at repeated listening all
subtleties are abandoned. "Lovecraft Dreams" became a very
interestimg cd which shows that you can play music also apart from
the known,dark musical pathes. Listen to the cd and form your own
opinion about it!!!!
written by Metal Cave-----------------------------------------------------------------------I haven't come across too many metal bands from Syria until today. The funeral doom metal band Innzmouth has recently released their new album, entitled "Lovecraft's Dreams."
The album contains a total of five tracks. It's depressive tempos put
you in the mood for some dark and devilish funeral doom.
intro, "Estoric Order Of Dagon," opens the album with a one minute
babble of guitar riffs that are layered over each other in an off timing
sound. This leads you right into the eerie guitars of "Lovecraft's Dreams."
Haunting keyboards fill the air with dark melodies as you run right
into deep chugging guitar riffs that completely take over the
background. The lead guitar is full of wretched distortion that makes
you flinch with its ominous tones. The tempo stays slow as a devilish
growl comes in and knocks you out of your chair. More evil keyboards
follow the growls as they float lightly in the background. This eight
minute track definitely has some potential with its devilish melodies
and gloomy sound effects. It definitely paints a funeral metal type of
The third track, entitled "The Voyage," has the album move
even slower with its delayed drum rolls and cymbals that crash heavily
in a very depressing speed. More screechy guitar riffs take over in the
beginning with wicked melodies and screaming distortion. The vocals
switch between monstrous growls to higher black metal screams. The
delivery is fantastic. The song structure itself could use a little more
creativity. A lot of the song is the same riff over and over again and
it starts to put you to sleep about three minutes into it. Keep in mind
that this track runs for over 11 minutes long. It begins to change a
little more as you move further into the track. The vocals are what
really keep the track interesting. The wicked black metal screaming
sound awesome and really send chills down your spine. One instrument
you'll really start to notice towards the end of the track is the bass.
Its depressive bass lines will have you drowning in its sorrow.
is the fourth track on the album and runs for over nine minutes long.
The first minute is all orchestral strings that play a dark and gorgeous
melody. This leads into muddy guitar riffs with high distortion effects
on them. The low quality gives it that classic black metal sound. The
kick and snare drum, however come out muffled as well only in a bad way.
Its unclear patterns are a major turn off to the album. The drums were
descent in all of the other tracks so I'm not sure what they were going
for when they recorded this album. You may have a difficult time getting
through this last track. The quality really takes away from the song
With a short intro and outro, "Lovecraft's Dreams"
is really only three solid tracks. It still comes out to about 30
minutes total which is just about right for a three track funeral doom
metal album. They album had a lot of potential with the instrumentation
and vocals however that fourth track really took a dip in the end. Check
out the second and third track if you get a chance but I wouldn't waste
any time on the rest though.
written by Sorrow Eternal Blog-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Syria's Lovecraft obsessed Innzmouth crawl back up out of the depths with their debut album 'Lovecraft's Dreams' (following on from the acts initial venture into recording that was promo demo 'Beneath The Darksome Waters') promising more homage to the dark master HP Lovecraft himself as construed through bleak and unrelentingly sluggish music.
Still at the helm of the outfit is Demon Of Darkness (all vocals, bass, drums, programming and keyboards) who birthed the Innzmouth creation firstly as a one man entity as a funeral doom project, selecting this genre appropriately as the one that 'matches the Lovecraftian atmosphere' before being joined on 'Beneath The Darksome Waters' by Kobol on all guitars.
With 'Lovecraft's Dreams' Kobol has been replaced by new axeman John Hex to assist Demon Of Darkness in realising the horrors written of by Lovecraft and converting them to a fitting musical medium.
This roughly half hour five item album is the consequential result of that union and that mission, the dark and murky fruits of their labours.
Intro segment 'Estoric Order of Dagon' begins this descent into Lovecraftian homage and austere funeral doom drenched atmospheres with its one minute span of sombre (yet curiously threatening) strings that rotate in continuous patterns of repetition.
Very little else is in residence within this instrumental opener but all the same its simple and straightforward movements and basic structure still manages to set the forbidding tone and create a scene for the long-lasting sprawling expeditions that are to trudge after.
A long angular line of guitar courtesy of Innzmouths newest stringsman casts a lengthy shadow over synth interjections and a backdrop of atmospherics as the albums title track 'Lovecraft's Dreams' winds its way into emergence.
Around forty seconds of this pensive and rather mournful intro pass by before big crushing chords of doom strike ominous resonations, surpassing the melodic notes with their presence which is teamed with weighty thuds of drum.
Funereal keys chime in to make themselves known, supplying sombre patters that mesh suitably with the serene percussions and dual layers of guitar (corkscrews of mournful lead and thick doomy chord fuzz), all of this gradually building to accommodate the eventual arrival of the vocals.
Demon of Darkness brings forth his Lovecraftian inspired lyrics with a dark narrative in a manner that would be best described as inhumane or bestial, distinctly favouring the same deathlike growling that inundated this albums predecessor.
There are a lot of lyrics worked into this plodding and menace laden composition, some repetition yes but plentiful explorations into scenes of horror as well; the wordy and well though out abundance of stuff navigated assisting to stretch the piece out almost to nine minutes.
Whispered vocal tones help deliver these words at times, usually putting the heavy chords on hiatus as they do, instead allowing room for the sound of the symphonic to flourish, organ and an occasional drum crash here in place.
Faithful to the funeral doom genre 'Lovecraft's Dreams' is bereft of speed or pace of any kind; it is a gigantic hulking behemoth much like one of Lovecraft's own horrendous monsters from the deep, albeit one that hauls its enormous body painstakingly slowly.
Rough guttural vocal vomitings continue their scraped out sequence of utterances through a dense morass where bass prowls, lead guitars wail and wash over and moments of interesting dramatic atmosphere rise and then fall again.
Several seconds of silence trail this piece to its conclusion and then the doomy duo offer up the next construction of Lovecraftian worship in the shape of the even more colossal entity 'The Voyage'.
Clocking over eleven minutes in running time this creature appears from a cloudy haze with echoes of dissonant chords, reverberations of bass and a concoction of percussive thumps and cymbal ticks, out of which spews an eruption of growls.
Cloying claustrophobic auras are portrayed by the slow motion of chord chugs, lead guitar exhibitions and drums, and ever so briefly the vocals switch course from the usual technique into a snarling abrasive manner much like those in Demon of Darkness's black metal outfit Blackspell before a return to death grumbles.
Elements of the symphonic are at work amidst the piercing leads and sullen doom chord repetition with yet more temporary voice diversity cropping up in the form of first sombre clean lyric delivery and then whispered black abrasion that slithers sinuously into the frame like some Cradle of Filthesque dialogue.
'The Voyage' is a long and protracted experience in fortitude and those with no stomach for enduring the drawn out aural missions of funeral doom won't fare well but despite often featuring painfully repetitious passages it also factors in a number of things that bring about variety with all these differing vocal methods and abundant uses of lead guitar standing out particularly.
One of the two tracks from 'Beneath The Darksome Waters' resurfaces here in the re-recorded version of 'Requiem' and it trundles after 'The Voyage' has concluded before Innzmouth wrap up their debut album in much the same way they began it, that is with an instrumental item, short in duration.
'Dreams In The Witchhouse' is composed only of morose guitar, an undercurrent of gentle strummings over which wailing leads soar, this lonesome collection of sound only one minute and eleven seconds before its conclusion.
I made mention in my earlier review of the previous Innzmouth work that I'd look forward to the act spanning out into a full length album and while this opus essentially is the length of many long players this is due to the prolonged duration of some items.
Fundamentally it is comprised of three true songs bookended by an intro and an outro segment so it hasn't exceeded the prior recording by a whole bunch, though it has further fleshed out the Innzmouth beast.
For fans of funeral doom and Lovecraft alike. To paraphrase the band themselves, the two go hand in hand.
Written by Pest Webzine-----------------------------------------------------------------------
Made of members of Gorthang from Poland and Vintage Flesh from USA
(well, Reverend John Hex is not a member of Vintage Flesh anymore),
Innzmouth started as a band (or project, name it how you want) in 2010
and released a single before this debut album. Their music is a slow,
funeral Doom Metal with heavy, oppressive atmospheres, and although it
follows the monotone, repetitive path typical to this genre, it has an
old-school Doomm Death atmosphere surrounding it. The weird guitar leads
supporting the slow riffs can be labelled as experimental and
unfortunately I don't actually get their role other than bringing a
mental hospital feeling to the whole. I like the fact the compositions
have a lot of diverse and unexpected turns so it doesn't get boring, but
if you're into Funeral Doom you should know that the riffs are very
simplistic and the leads are nothing you would expect from such a band.
The low, guttural tones of the vocals, supported by whispers are spot
on, liked them a lot. Oppressive, psycho Funeral Doom, that's how I
would label this release.
Reviewed by Adrian
This is an interesting slab of Lovecraftian Funeral Doom, which is
almost its own genre by now. The main guy in this two-man project is a
Syrian dude called "Demon of Darkness" who does vocals, bass, drum
programming, and I assume songwriting. The other guy is a US guitar
player calling himself "Reverend John Hex". I don't know how these guys
got together, but the result is this debut album of sludgy, crawling
These days, a lot of Funeral Doom can be very keyboardy and melodic,
but this is almost all guitar-driven, and thus it comes across as much
darker and bleaker than more orchestral stuff like Ea or Colosseum.
Murky, reverbed-to-hell riffs shudder forth over an abyss of dark
atmosphere and hateful gargling vocals. There is nothing new here, but
for Funeral Doom of a Lovecraftian bent, this is more than good enough.
Solid but not revolutionary.
Rating : 3.75/5
Written by Metal Crypt / Sargon the Terrible-----------------------------------------------------------------------Starting off with probably the most unknown of the five groups here.
Basic info first, five songs, including the intro and outro, so
essentially three tracks with the whole thing clocking in at just over
thirty one minutes. For a funeral doom album, that's short. Despite
essentially being made up of only three tracks, it's surprisingly solid.
I mean, it's not going to blow anyone away, but the band manages to hit
a nice stride on each track where they really hit the mark when it
comes to making slow, heavy, and atmospheric pieces. While the guitar
tone is a bit too raw and clashes with the rest of the sound at times,
the album as a whole is put together rather well. There's also a pretty
dark and melancholic vibe on all of these tracks, which, coming from
someone who went through a funeral doom period and listened to quite a
few one-man bands doing a similar thing to this, is pretty impressive by
comparison. It's not up there with the greats and it's not going to
sour your day if you listen to it, but it's quite enchanting. As a
whole, it's quite decent, nothing great yet, but worth checking out if
you're a fan of the funeral doom genre.
Rating : 7/10
Written by Don't Count On It Reviews