Mournful Congregation – The Incubus of Karma (2018)


Unleashing one of the most misery inducing releases of all time, today we have Mournful Congregation and their latest opus “The Incubus of Karma”. Seven years have passed since the band’s last release and all that anticipation is instantly erased with the level of grandeur the band reaches with their sound in this release. Featuring six tracks and nearly 80 minutes of music, this release is by far one of the most soul crushing albums of 2018.

The band sets a very bleak mood with the weeping guitars of the opener, “The Indwelling Ascent”. Once you think the big and crushing riffs are coming, the changes gears a bit and introduce a sad and solemn piece in “The Incubus of Karma”, which greatly contributes to the highly emotional vibe and sets a very somber tone. The gargantuan riffs finally arrive with the demoralizing “Whispering Spiritscapes”, a 15-minute piece that instantly feels like a foot down your chest.

With a heavy focus on their slow and punishing riffs, the band creates a very oppressive atmosphere that suffocates the listener, traditionally perfect for Funeral Doom Metal. As “Scripture Of Exaltation And Punishment” rolls in, the band has already removed all hope from the air and continues to unleash mournful atmospheric passages of clean vocals that perfectly contrast with the deep growls. By the time the album reaches “The Rubaiyat”, the listener has certainly surrendered to the band delightful soul crushing sound. Very methodically, the band excels at crafting unique mixtures of atmospheric elements with powerful riffs, with the sole purpose of showcasing different moods and textures unlike any other artists in the scene.

Closing with the monumental “A Picture Of The Devouring Gloom Devouring The Spheres Of Being”, the band leaves us with just one last 22-minute dose of their highly addictive sound. Definitely not for everybody, Funeral Doom unleashes some of the darkest and deepest thoughts of the listener’s psyche through is perfectly crafted oppressive riffs. Mournful Congregation has totally outdone themselves with this mesmerizing release and if you are a fan of bands like Clouds, Shape of Despair, etc., you definitely have to check this one out.

Band: Mournful Congregation Album: The Incubus of Karma

Label: Osmose Productions

Release: March 23rd, 2018

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Genre: Funeral Doom Metal

Country: Australia

Rating: 99/100

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