To create an experience is nothing new to music and certainly not to metal, but should you want an experience of a particularly heavy caliber that can still be so much more than just heavy, doom metal tends to have marvelous acts to throw at you. Terrific groups like Kauan, Inter Arma, and Canyon of the Skull are but a few that pop in my head, and I was eagerly awaiting to see what the next opus would be to stun me. Fortunately, I didn’t have to wait long as it came in the form of the latest single from the one woman band Promethean Misery, and it’s quite the strong piece if I do say so myself.
There’s but one track that we gotta deal with here, but given how “Bloodlet” stretches to a fair length of 20 minutes long it’s easy to see that Promethean Misery is sticking true to one of the pillars of doom metal. That being said, it doesn’t truly feel like you just went through a 20 minute piece simply because Promethean Misery is constantly tossing new elements at us to digest in the form of changing rhythms, extra instruments, and a voice that really ties the song together despite being exclusively clean vocals with not a growl in sight. “Bloodlet” doesn’t feel like the most compelling piece of doom that I’ve heard before, yet it still compels to the very end! Not only with a special set of vocals that add a slightly haunting element to the mix, but the use of a distorted violin in the place of guitars to create this truly unique atmosphere that you can’t make with the strings, and the addition of a piano sets “Bloodlet” to all new heights altogether. The entirety of the track is incredibly cohesive as one note flows into the next seamlessly, the piano molds perfectly with the vocals and the violin to make this symphony that really penetrates the darkness that it creates simultaneously, and you still feel like you’re listening to doom metal albeit with multiple twists that really does keep you guessing on the first spin.
Unpredictability is something that can quickly make or break a song let alone a band in general, but Promethean Misery pulls it off with utmost mastery with “Bloodlet” to create a very unique piece that we’re likely not to see the likes of again soon. Hopefully, this isn’t the last we’ve seen of this talented woman as I’d be more than keen to see her follow-up “Bloodlet” in whatever fashion she pleases, for I know I’ll be all over that if given the opportunity.
LISTEN to “Bloodlet” on Bandcamp here or via YouTube below.
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