Godthrymm - Reflections review



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Band: Godthrymm
Album: Reflections
Release date: February 2020


01. Monsters Lurk Herein
02. Among The Exalted
03. The Sea As My Grave
04. We Are The Dead
05. The Light Of You
06. The Grand Reclamation
07. Cursed Are The Many
08. Chasmic Sorrows


Sure we have a new My Dying Bride album out today, but we also have two former My Dying Bride members delivering some DÖÖM. Cold, slow and epic as it should be.

Hamish Hamilton Glencross and Shaun Taylor-Steels have both played not only in My Dying Bride, but in Solstice as well, and that is a legacy of doom sounds that lives on in Godthrymm. Joining the two is someone named Sasquatch Bob on bass (and how can you not trust someone with that nickname to put some punch into your music), as well as occasional vocals by Hamish' wife, Catherine Glencross. So the two spouses handle the vocals on the record, but what is surprising is that not only are the vocals one of the best things about this record, but Hamish has never done vocals (other than maybe some backing ones) in any of the bands he played in.

So making his seeming debut as a vocalist, Hamish completely dominates this album, both with the fuzz of his guitar and the imposing tour-de-force that are his vocals. They are something clearly fit for this very dark, very slow, but not necessarily extreme form of doom, but at the same time sounding fairly unique and recognizable, which makes the fact that he never had a role as a vocalist prior pretty hard to believe. The bass and the drums do their job of driving the album forward and making the sound fuller, but they are clearly mostly just supporting the guitars and vocals of Hamish, other than one track in the latter half that strips a lot of the guitars. The sparse female vocals in a few of the songs do add a nice touch as well, but I feel they're a bit too sparsely used.

Reflections sits in a somewhat awkward spot, feeling very much like an early 90s album in sound, in fact it sounds a lot more like a Paradise Lost album than a My Dying Bride one. But there have been nearly three decades of doom development since, in which doom has become much more expansive, fuzzy, crushing, slow, extreme, emotional, progressive, epic, making Reflections at times feel more like a tribute to the sounds of old. But it's so damn good that it's practically soaring even with how little it does. You hear those riffs and those vocals and you really don't need it to be more expansive, fuzzy, whatever. You just hear it, and you feel the love for DÖÖM. I know I do.

I will drop the mic here and leave nik to review the new My Dying Bride, but I'll just remind you that if you like one, you ought to be interested in the other as well, even if they don't sound exactly alike.



 



Written on 06.03.2020 by My opinion is objective, sorry if you don't agree, but you're wrong.


Comments

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07.03.2020 - 00:49
Lanthros
Definitely more of a Paradise Lost feel then my dying bride. Pretty fucking awesome. And yes, Sasquatch Bob is the best name for a bassist since William murdeface murderface murderface.
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07.03.2020 - 04:24
Paradoxical
It's too early but this is my AOTY so far. Cursed are the many is a beast of a track and it has been on repeat for me.
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07.03.2020 - 11:55
nikarg
Mod
Just finished listening to it. As Paradoxical said, "Cursed Are The Many" is indeed outstanding and I liked "We Are The Dead" a lot too after the first listen. The album does have a lot of Paradise Lost in it but not in an annoying way. I can also hear some more Solstice-like epic moments. You are right that the vocals kick ass and so do the guitars. The bass is audible and that pleases me greatly.

I'll be spinning this a lot. I am shocked that you didn't pass this on to me (but I'm also glad because you've done justice to the album and I have too much doom in my stack of albums-to-be-reviewed).
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07.03.2020 - 12:03
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by nikarg on 07.03.2020 at 11:55

I'll be spinning this a lot. I am shocked that you didn't pass this on to me (but I'm also glad because you've done justice to the album and I have too much doom in my stack of albums-to-be-reviewed).

I gotta do some doom once in a while too.
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07.03.2020 - 12:07
nikarg
Mod
Written by RaduP on 07.03.2020 at 12:03

I gotta do some doom once in a while too.

You clearly chose one of the best so far this year. Good find, I had no idea this was coming out.
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07.03.2020 - 16:07
Troy Killjoy
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I have wine, cheese, crackers, and pickles at the ready for tonight and I think this would make a good background soundtrack. I'm a sucker for these bands with great vocalists that seemingly arise from complete obscurity with no previous experience.
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07.03.2020 - 19:39
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Tage Westerlund
Written by Troy Killjoy on 07.03.2020 at 16:07

I have wine, cheese, crackers, and pickles at the ready for tonight and I think this would make a good background soundtrack. I'm a sucker for these bands with great vocalists that seemingly arise from complete obscurity with no previous experience.

Your Eve is ruined try mdb whit wine... Crafr beer whi this.

I was surprised How good this album is. I lustened ut many Times its super good
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