Dola - Dola review




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Band: Dola
Album: Dola
Release date: February 2020


01. Olbrzym
02. Tam Mnie Nie Ubijesz
03. Wypuść Nas
04. Dni Błogie
05. Mistrzostwo We Władaniu Ogniem
06. Dola
07. Gdy Wszystko Się Skończy Oni Nadal Będą Chodzić


Dola was one of those "yo Apothecary you should check this out, it's definitely your kind of stuff" type albums. And good Lord, was he who suggested it to me correct.

Through my exploration of the blackened doom metal style that I so passionately adore, I've come to notice that there are three predominant takes on the sound. There's "kvlty doom," that is bands that are mostly doom metal with a few shades of black here and there in the riffing and vocal styles, such as Atriarch or Usnea. There are the "doomy black" bands, where the opposite is the case, as with Ill Omen or the godfathers in Dolorian. And then there are bands that strike a pretty firm, 50/50 balance between the doom and the black, like Elysian Blaze.

Surprisingly, and pleasantly so, Poland's Dola really don't seem as though they can be classed very easily into either of those categories, being more of a three way blend of black, doom, and… ambient? Yes, ambient, and quite a good deal of it. Atmosphere is key here for this trio and their self titled debut: a hazy, droney, and melodic cloak that forms a dense layer over the rest of the music, greatly assisting in the composition being highly well paced, peaking excellently, and being that much more dynamic and engaging. The intro of the opening track establishes a pattern that is more or less mirrored throughout the rest of the album: a beginning in the dreamlike ambient territory that gradually transitions into a heavier approach throughout.

But this self titled debut of Dola isn't merely unique in terms of its sense of atmosphere, because the way in which the band combines the remaining black and doom parts of their equation also comes across as unusually catchy for the style. Indeed, I can't quite remember being this enraptured by the riffs of a blackened doom band perhaps since first getting into The Ruins Of Beverast. Just listen to that nice little diddy that comes in around the 3 minute mark on "Olbrzym." Absolute banger. Or take the eponymous "Dola" track in all of its entirety… like the others, it starts in that hazy ambient territory before gradually transitioning into jammy, almost stoner doom - type riffage, later embellished more by black metal picking and blasts that come to an absolutely magnificent climax. This certainly isn't an isolated example, either. All throughout this debut, Dola show that, if nothing else, they are quite impressive at both genre blending and the art of composing in general.

I already knew that some pretty damn fine metal came out of Poland, but Dola is really the best I've heard in a while. They've taken a sub style of metal that I already regarded as extremely dynamic and memorable and somehow made it even more dynamic and memorable with a keen sense of ambiance and an absolutely delicious, "riffs for days" type delivery. If these guys are already this good and tightly locked together with a mere debut album, I can't wait to see where they go from here.

Big thanks to Paź for the initial tip off. Do not let this one pass you by.



 



Written on 05.04.2020 by Comforting the disturbed and disturbing the comfortable since 2013.


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05.04.2020 - 21:16
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
God this one is so good. What the fuck do the poles have in their vodka?
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- I've dreamt of that for years.
- Dying?
- Running.




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05.04.2020 - 21:39
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by RaduP on 05.04.2020 at 21:16

God this one is so good. What the fuck do the poles have in their vodka?

Sometimes I think to myself.... would Hitler ever have invaded poor Poland had he known about the awesome jamz that would pop up there some 70 - 80 years later?
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Go tell that long tongue liar
Go and tell that midnight rider
Tell the rambler, the gambler, the back biter
You tell em that God's gonna cut em down
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05.04.2020 - 22:50
RaduP
CertifiedHipster
Written by Apothecary on 05.04.2020 at 21:39

Written by RaduP on 05.04.2020 at 21:16

God this one is so good. What the fuck do the poles have in their vodka?

Sometimes I think to myself.... would Hitler ever have invaded poor Poland had he known about the awesome jamz that would pop up there some 70 - 80 years later?

And if he knew how many NSBM bands would ironically spawn there
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- I've dreamt of that for years.
- Dying?
- Running.




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06.04.2020 - 12:28
Paź
ex-News Man
Thanks Che for the review
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09.04.2020 - 05:57
Lord Slothrop
I love doomy, atmospheric, blackened music like this; it soothes my troubled soul. Thanks for the heads up. You too Paz.
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12.04.2020 - 17:58
tea[m]ster
Au Pays Natal
Holy shit, this is on Apple Music. Excellent review and thanks.
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rekt
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