A proper funeral doom record is truly like nothing else in music. Sure, I can and have said that about other styles of metal that have graced my ears over the years, but it is singularly the world of funeral doom that has the potential to become so much with how niche the style has been for so long and its popularity rising in recent times. Far too many bands just take a death/doom formula and tag it as funeral doom to catch an audience, but proper funeral doom truly crushes the soul with heaviness and emotion the likes of which cannot be mistaken for anything else or anything less. With their debut, Solemn Echoes provides proof of concept in these eight soul-crushing tracks.
Just from the name of the band and the album, it should be all but trivial to tell that what we have here on this debut album is quality funeral doom the likes of which that sets the foundations for Solemn Echoes to become a name to know in the growing scene where an exemplary band feels all but earth-shattering. With “Into the Depths of Sorrow”, we don’t get an effort that’s anywhere near as heavy as staples of the style like Bell Witch nor as long-winded, but it’s the ability to slice the soul apart with ungodly precision to make us what to merge with all that is oblivion a la Clouds that this international more than excels at. There is undeniable and unavoidable weight throughout the whole of this album to the point that it wraps around your entirety such that it’s by the end of the work that you’re a hollow husk of flesh with no will left to live for it is the unquestionable heaviness of all kinds that Solemn Echoes leaves you not wanting to become untethered from what they have made here for it is the only thing keeping you anchored to the corporeal realm. Properly falling into all that “Into the Depths of Sorrow” has to offer will leave chills racing down your spine as all of us have felt despair of this caliber at some point in our lives, and it’s this performance that feels as though it is hitting a little too close to home, but the quality is so high that it’s a true task to turn away from what’s unfolding before us. It’s a beyond well-crafted debut the likes of which brings nothing but further glory to the realm of funeral doom, and I do truly hope that this isn’t the last we’ve seen from this act.
This should be held as one of the standards for what this growing style can be, for it takes everything that has become synonymous with the sound and amplifies it with the fresh invigoration to create something new by accomplished musicians who clearly know what they’re doing for you can hear it throughout every second that is offered to us here. The very soul of “Into the Depths of Sorrow” is enough to bring even the most seasoned listener to their knees, and it’s everything surrounding that tremendous presence that this performance immediately makes Solemn Echoes a name to know.
“Into the Depths of Sorrow” releases on May 1st via Endless Winter Records!
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