Finally, it is the weekend. What better way to start it off than with the latest installment of “Funeral Doom Friday." This weekly column looks to shed some light onto some of the darkest and heaviest metal to exist. Funeral Doom stems from the deepest depths of Death-Doom and Dirge. Much of the genre's heaviness rises from crushing emotional weight. Each week, the goal is to highlight some of the newest music in funeral and death doom and also rediscover classic works from pioneers like Mournful Congregation, Evoken, and Esoteric. Feel free to share opinions and suggestions in the comments!
It has been quite some time since the world heard from Imindain. The Stoke trio, prior to today's feature, last released music back in 2009. Following that split release, the band dissolved in 2010 only to reform two years later. Now, almost eight years since their last effort, the death-doom legion has put out a new album. The Enemy of Fetters and the Dweller in the Woods is a four-song EP that officially arrives next week through Weird Truth Productions. Much like last week's feature on Funeralium, Imindain applies a powerful means to death and funeral doom. Their new effort certainly fits Makoto Fujishima's knack for doom at its most extreme.
After the brief instrumental, "To Meditate Upon the Face of Forgotten Death", Imindain plunges into total darkness. "The Final Godhead" is equal parts somber and sinister. At 12 minutes long, it functions as the album's centerpiece. D.L. and L.B. (also of Cruciamentum and Iota Draconis, respectively) bring a doubled vocal scheme to the song. The duo almost chants a middle verse as the band transforms from man to God. It sits in the midst of towering sections of classic death-doom as a narrative of transcendence unfolds. Following this and a blackened third track, The Enemy… closes on a cover of the final track from disEMBOWELMENT's Transcendence Into the Peripheral.
Imindain breathes new life into "Cerulean Transience of All My Imagined Shores". The trio brings a special flair to the Australian legends' finale. It coincidentally brings a riveting conclusion to their newest musical endeavor and offers a personal favorite from the album. Check out the album below. Imindain is also on Facebook. Purchase the CD from Weird Truth Productions or the digital copy from Bandcamp.