APHONIC THRENODY – When Death Comes (CD)
“When Death Comes” is the latest funeral doom metal release from UK’s Aphonic Threnody, and it is quite a listening experience with its bleak outlook about dying the end of life phase for humans.
Musically, these guys are very depressive with their slow to mid-paced guitars, unearthly growls and haunting synthesizers which is sure to give the listener some massive goose bumps. There are five songs on this album, with tracks from 10 minutes to 18 minutes in length, and the dynamics are very unusual, as these guys do incorporate some interesting musical parts, making the listener feel helpless in a dark and bleak state of mind. The interesting points are the synth voices, which have a human-like element in the vocals and synthesizer, piano arrangements you’re bound to hear at a burial ceremony.
When listening to this album, you do get the feeling of being a part of a funeral procession headed to some ancient cemetery in the middle of some far away, cold desolate place. It is the arrangement of their synthesizers, cello parts and down tuned guitar rhythms that give Aphonic Threnody a feeling of sadness and the reality of death and dying. Mind you, if you’re looking for heavy metal music, you’re not going to be pleased with this band, but if you love the tragic-side of life, you’ll be drowning “When Death Comes’” chronic auditory misery.
Aphonic Threnody has not reinvented the sliced bread, but they know how to inject mind altering depressive elements in the worst way possible, and their funeral doom is the worst style of extreme metal torture you can inflict on yourself.
[Self-Financed] Sarjoo Devani