The simple act of standing in an empty field and watching the sky darken as dusk slowly folds over into night isn’t much to go off of when from an emotional front, or so it would seem at the surface. It’s often times from the most unassuming of places that the most immersive of works can be born from, and it’s the realms of instrumental doom that can define that better than many others. Not a single word to guide us through their debut, and Burial Clouds manages to impress from top to bottom in virtually every way.
Other than Clouds Taste Satanic, it is truly difficult to think of any bands that occupy the niche realm of instrumental doom metal since it’s simply a sound that we don’t get to see often which I find to be a real shame given the untapped potential that the style holds. But, it’s that scarcity between releases that makes my appreciation for bands like Burial Clouds all the more potent for with albums like “Last Days of a Dying World” being no less than delicious as I continuously fall into its depths that have so much to offer. Right away, you get the impression that Burial Clouds knows their sound all too well with the cover art being a damn near perfect visualization for everything that’s presented in these five tracks whether it be emotionally, expressively, or anything else. And with only a single track coming to an end before the 8-minute mark, the very experience of “Last Days of a Dying World” is one that requires patience with its particular form of intoxication being more akin to a slow burn than anything else as Burial Clouds knows how to work its way deep into your cerebellum and subconscious to the point where you may become so immersed in this immensely flavorful debut that you could close your eyes only to find yourself in that very field drenched in the fading sunlight as the riffs seem to light the very stars one by one, the strings draw out all that troubles the soul before our very eyes to be confronted in the grass, and the drums act as the tolling of the celestial clock as that sky ever so slowly becomes void.
It all makes for a fantastic experience that is absolutely one to meditate to as Burial Clouds shows us what they’re capable of all throughout this debut, and I’d be stunned to see anyone even dare to suggest it fell short in any way. Like I said, this is a style that is simply demanding to be expanded upon for all that it can bring us in so many different forms, and should “Last Days of a Dying World” be the start of a glorious trend for Burial Clouds then I can only hope they’ll be remembered for their contributions should the style suddenly explode.
LISTEN to “Last Days of a Dying World” on Bandcamp here.