The deep and mysterious world of doom is one that I don’t think I’ll ever tire of exploring for there truly does seem to be endless possibilities given how easily the sound can be twisted into what feels like endless different forms that all vary from one band to the next. When we get an example of a band that not only stands out but manages to really show us what the sound can be made of, it’s always something that demands to be heard. King Woman has been classified as such, and it’s with the band’s latest that the upward trend in off-putting but gorgeous doom is only furthered.
Despite only having one album to their name before this year, I cannot help but feel that King Woman has made a name for themselves that’s just as underestimated as it is pinpoint accurate. Their debut album three years ago made some waves here and there throughout the community with the positive and negative praise almost canceling each other out, but I could not help but find myself entranced but not knowing quite exactly how I feel of the work even to this day. But, it’s with the news of “Celestial Blues” that I couldn’t restrain my intrigue for what the act had crafted for their sophomore effort. In no small way, they’ve grown. Furthering their evolution that was brought forth in their debut while bringing in some more tricks to really make these nine tracks stand on their own, it’s every aspect that we find within the depths of “Celestial Blues” that King Woman not only bursts forth from their cocoon with this record feeling certifiably all their own in when it comes to their sonic representation but they manage to enhance that which set them apart from many of their contemporaries in the first place. The result is a stupendous dream-like mist that permeates everything that is to be heard within this album as we’re constantly given visages of heaviness, raw emotion, and quiet contemplation on the universe spinning uncaringly around us with King Woman delivering everything presented to us in no less than truly exemplary fashion.
It’s a deceivingly dense piece by all accounts, but to work your way through that very fog to find the majesty on the other side is to discover a treasure that fanatics of otherworldly music are always seeking for with King Woman being one of an extremely small group that can deliver on such a difficult to achieve level. The deep halls that are carved out to make “Celestial Blues” are more than worth walking down multiple times should you want to immerse yourself in one of the more strikingly unique albums of its kind that this year will throw our way, and there’s very little that could convince me that King Woman has made another other than a truly massive work.
“Celestial Blues” releases on July 30th via Relapse Records!
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