As you probably guessed, this review is going to start by mentioning that 2/4 members of the late (and often considered great) Disembowelment are founding members of Inverloch. For a lot of people, that’s super exciting.
As you can likely tell, I’m a huge fan of funeral doom, but for some reason, Disembowelment never resonated with me. Sure, they were good at what they did, but I was never super into it. So, when I heard about Inverloch, I wasn’t extremely excited.
I was an idiot. Comparing the two sonically makes sense, sure; both bands are slow, death metal rooted doom, with melodic guitar lines adding atmosphere to the slow, churning riffs, and gruff death metal vocals. However, and I can’t even put my finger on what, something about Inverloch far exceeds Disembowelment for me. This 5 song album crushes, all the way through. There’s a lot for any fan of extreme metal to like here, from the heavy as hell death metal parts, to blasting black metal flourishes, to an eerie, inhuman atmosphere carried through the whole thing. There’s no frills here, and if the album has any downside, it’s that the songs are kind of same-y. However, most fans of funeral doom are used to that as the pillars of the genre aren’t the most varied bands. However, if you can get past that, as I was able to, you will find one of the most competently executed Funeral/Death Doom albums you’ll hear this year. Great stuff, and I’m glad I took the time to let them make me a fan. I pre-ordered the shit out of this after one listen.
RIYL: Disembowelment, early Ahab, Skepticism
Releases March 4th, 2016 On Relapse Records.