01. Mountainous Shadows, Solid By way of Time
02. The Exuviae Of Gods
03. An Epic Dream Of Need
We have not heard from funeral doom leaders MOURNFUL CONGREGATION since 2018’s wondrous “The Incubus Of Karma”. Australia’s long-running champions of distress now return with “The Exuviae Of Gods — Half I”, which is the primary of a two-part EP sequence crafted to tide followers over between full-lengths. It is necessary to notice that the band continues to stitch collectively songs which might be fairly prolonged; the shortest monitor of the three-song effort runs across the seven-minute mark, whereas the opposite two are roughly quarter-hour lengthy. In different phrases, it’s principally an extended participant by most requirements since we’re discussing 37-plus minutes’ price of music. However what issues with “The Exuviae Of Gods — Half I” is the truth that the morose and majestic doom steel stays tasteful and attention-grabbing for the majority of the EP.
“The Exuviae Of Gods — Half I” is comprised of two new numbers, “Mountainous Shadows, Solid By way of Time” and “The Exuviae Of Gods”, along with a re-recording of one in every of their oldest songs. “Mountainous Shadows, Solid By way of Time” opens issues up with dramatic enchantment, full of the form of melody and melancholy that outlined early CATHEDRAL. Whereas the music’s tempo reliably drags forth in a sluggish, dreamlike method, there’s concurrently a way of perseverance and triumph looming. It isn’t in contrast to our beloved protagonist firstly of “Conan The Barbarian” rising with energy and resolve, each despite and due to his shackles and plight.
“The Exuviae Of Gods” starkly contrasts the opener, as it’s an ethereal, acoustic-driven music that serves to divide the huge distortion of the EP’s bookending tracks. It is soothing sufficient inside the scope of the holistic listening expertise of “The Exuviae Of Gods — Half I”, but it is extremely unlikely that many would ever yearn to listen to it once more by itself. “An Epic Dream Of Need” rounds all the pieces out and offers a sense of cohesion and completion with its delicate tides of sound and emotion. It is a monitor from their 1995 demo bearing the identical title, appropriately becoming the brand new EP and offers new life to a extra developed music. Measuring the music towards the unique, the up to date model loses a number of the attraction of the previous demo’s inherent rawness.
Once more, it appears that evidently MOURNFUL CONGREGATION is open about “The Exuviae Of Gods — Half I” being a stopgap launch between full-length albums; an strategy that at all times is sensible to take care of momentum and curiosity. Regardless that “The Exuviae Of Gods — Half I” is not their most exceptional materials, it is the high-point for the funeral doom style to date in 2022.