Back in January, the Pennsylvania-based group of Dumal independently released their debut album through Bandcamp. The Lesser God comes after a handful of EPs and splits since the band's beginnings in 2013. The trio plays a melodic and often brash form of atmospheric black metal. Their music will surely draw comparisons to Poland's MGLA. Yet, Dumal is able to craft their own brand.
They do well not to fall into languid mimicry or stale recreation of other bands' sounds. Instead, they break up fiery-paced tracks with unique, calming interludes that incorporate different musical instruments. "The Wind Demon" uses tribal-like drums and heavy synths to . Meanwhile, "Ukrainia" uses violins that weave into the notes of the guitars. They are relatively brief moments in a great album that make it a memorable composition.
This early year gem is getting another physical release. Two pressings of the CDs have sold out, but those who prefer analog content or collecting tapes can rejoice. The cassette copies of The Lesser God are officially out now through Underground Soundscapes. There are only 100 copies of the tape available; the first 30 copies come hand numbered and have the label's logo. They will also have a high-quality copy of the album artwork. The first 30 copies will go fast, of course, so make sure to snag a copy now.