APOSTLE OF SOLITUDE – Of Woe And Wounds (CD)
USA’s Apostle Of Solitude play some of the best emotionally driven doom metal music on their second full length CD, “Of Woe And Wounds”, which is sure to make you feel their mental anguish and suffering at its deepest.
“Of Woe And Wounds” features down tuned guitars and bass guitars with slightly loose strings to give it that dark, more pronounced doom sound, more in the vein of Black Sabbath, Solitude Aeturnus, St. Vitus and even Candlemass to a degree. At times their music also reminded me of Crowbar, a band into the doom metal and sludge side of things. Apostle Of Solitude play with tons of conviction, and you really start experiencing their emotional toil and suffering in life, and you can’t seem to figure out what is making you so damn blue. Their heavy yet depressive rhythm passages invoke that funeral dirge type of atmosphere within the mind, and you cannot help but thinking of those dark days gone by. They’ve interesting and carefully harmonized riffs that’s sure to send chills down your spine, leaving you all alone in that cold distant place you’ve always dreaded: total isolation.
Once you’ve listened to the doom metal guitar and pounding drums on the earth shattering “This Mania”, you’re not only going to be banging your head to their killer rhythms but thrashing like a maniac when the snare and crash cymbals just fucking pulverize your total existence. This is a doom war song, and just like rest of the ten cuts on here, it packs an energetic punch to blow the winds of oblivion towards humanity. And the lead playing on this song with its Wow Wow pedal simply spices their music up even further. Another noteworthy track on this album is the memorable “Die Vicar Die”, clocking in at a little less than eight minutes. The melancholic riffs and the ear abusing choruses make this track a total standout here.
If you want to feel good doom metal, yet very miserable to the point of draining your life, Apostle Of Solitude is sure to accomplish this depressive task for you.
All in all, the superb musicianship, the intensely sung vocals, and the doom-inspired atmosphere is darker than the most violent storm clouds, so listen to Apostle Of Solitude’s “Of Woe And Wounds”, and you’ll truly know the meaning of life.
[Cruz Del Sur Music] Sarjoo Devani