|Review: Godthrymm - Reflections|
Label: Profound Lore Records
Year released: 2020
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: June 22, 2020
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Rated 4/5 (80%) (4 Votes)
Godthrymm (a word meaning "divine force", according to the band) are a three-piece from the UK formed by guitarist Hamish Glencross, a mainstay of the scene who has worked in high-profile Doom bands like My Dying Bride and Solstice along with drummer Shaun Taylor-Steels. That kind of pedigree sets the bar pretty high for a debut album, and it's one that Reflections clears with style.
Musically, this is a little under an hour of pensive Epic Doom that really only the UK seems to know how to make. The bulk of the music is carried by Glencross' excellent guitar work, which effortlessly glides between crushing riffs, soaring leads, and moody acoustic sections. His vocals are a rough sort of bellow that sound limited at first, but he's able to convey a surprising amount of emotion with them, and Steels' drumming adds a deceptive amount of atmosphere and texture to the music. The songs on this album are mostly slow, mournful monoliths that evoke more sorrow than Doom tends to bother with and only occasionally speed up for some pummeling riffage. You get more immediately gratifying tracks like opener "Monsters Lurk Herein" and "We Are the Dead", but they're interspersed with the more somber numbers like "The Sea as My Grave" and the massive "Cursed Are The Many", which contain greater depth and take more time to properly sink in.
I wasn't super impressed at first, but this album really grew on me over time. There's nothing revolutionary about this, as it follows in the footsteps of some of the biggest names in Doom, but it does so about as well as any fan of Doom could ask it to. A strong debut.
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