A Thousand Sufferings – Burden
This Belgian foursome collectively known as A Thousand Sufferings play some of the most bizarre and depressing doom/sludge metal in the world.
First of, the vocals are rough but can be understood when they’re not growled out like a demon in heat. The bizarre and weird-sounding intro on opening track “Once In A Blue Moon” creates feelings of suspense, darkness, as if someone is condemned to the gallows.
“Burden” does create such illicit moments of sickening atmospheres, where it is hard to even distinguish the band’s subtle musical changes. From the more somber moments to the headbanging rhythmic variations of the four songs here, it’s an EP, which is sure to give nightmares to even a strong-willed listener of extreme metal.
The doom elements here bring to mind the blisteringly savage passages from the likes of Winter, early Paradise Lost mixed in with The Obsessed.
A noteworthy aspect here is that these guys do not sound like anyone within the doom/sludge metal genres, as they’ve a strange and grey style of their own. “Burden” is packed with tons of depressive moments, and it is sure to create heaps of apprehension within the listener’s mind. It’s the fear of the unknown, which this four song EP creates, but done with some killer nuances of eerie guitar rhythms and funeral-laden drum beats thrown in between their odd song arrangements. Easily, one of the most miserable-sounding records of our time… Satanath Records Sarjoo Devani