Finally, the weekend is upon us. What better way to kick it off than with the latest installment of "Funeral Doom Friday". For those who are new to this column; each week features a new or classic album from the realm of extreme doom. Much of funeral/death doom's might comes from an oppressive emotional weight and the use of death or black metal motifs (played at a trudging pace, of course.)
Pioneers like Mournful Congregation, Evoken, and Esoteric have mastered this blend of dirge and destruction. For 25 years, they have methodically built compositions that stretch for dozens of minutes all while keeping fans enthralled. Time has elapsed since the days of Thergothon and much like the world around us, the genre has evolved. Today's modern bands contort the very construct of the genre, breeding darkly refreshing new work. Their work thankfully gives this column plenty of material to share.
Big thanks to my buddy, Jon Rosenthal, for pointing out this week's feature to me. If, by some chance, you're unaware of him or Invisible Oranges, the site he's an editor at, I highly recommend you check them out. In fact, here's a brand new interview he did with funeral doom greats, Mordor.
Finland has a pretty strong hold on the music featured in this column. Seemingly once a month a band from the Northern European nation finds its way into a Friday feature. This week it is Lordamor, a trio from Jyväskylä, a large city in central Finland. The band originally formed back in 2006. Yet, since its birth, the band's output has been sparse. A demo in 2008, a self-titled LP in 2009, then radio silence. Roughly eight years would pass until the band returned with a demo late last year. They followed it up in relatively quick succession with today's feature, another new demo.
Interestingly enough, the track in this demo, "Lucifer Emerging From the Darkness" and perhaps the previous demo are all a part of an impending full-length record. According to the band on Facebook, this track is the final track for an album coming at a later date. Needless to say, if the rest of the album sounds like this song, it's going to be a solid return to form for the band. "Lucifer Emerging From the Darkness" carries more of an ominous tone than somber. To compare it to other Finnish bands, it's more Tyranny than it is Colosseum. The almost black metal howl and eerie guitar chords create a sense of unease; like if, say, Lucifer were to actually emerge from the darkness.
Stream Promo 2018 now from Lordamor's Bandcamp page. Follow the band on Facebook as well.