Usually I don't throw the word perfect around. But when I do, it's for stuff like this. So come on over to the darker side of doom, we have cookies and Solothus. Favorite track: Malignant Caress.
Much like most of the other branches of the ever-growing tree of heavy metal, doom has become synonymous with almost anything, and everything in between: funeral doom, stoner doom, epic doom and what have you... But the good ol' doom/death often seems to be cast aside, as if this cruder and creepier abomination was better left in the shadows. Then again, all the better, as that is indeed where this kind of purposefully unrefined sonic sorcery strives best...
While the Solothus guys have strong ties to death metal - with vocalist Kari now also growling for Sepulchral Curse, while Tami hammers his bass in the ranks of Gorephilia as well - and this is evident in their sound, it's the passion for doom metal where the band's origins lie. The dark epic majesty of masters like Candlemass, combined with the most crushing death metal dread á la Asphyx and Cianide, was what inspired Kari and guitarist Veli to cast the first Solothusian spells in the small Southwestern town of Parainen in 2007.
After going through a few line-up changes and relocating to the bigger cities of Turku and Helsinki, Solothus launched their debut full-length "Summoned from the Void" on Spain's esteemed Memento Mori imprint in 2013. While the album already proved them to be a force to be reckoned with, its successor "No King Reigns Eternal" digs the hole way deeper, expanding it to a devouring abyss of desolation. There's no light waiting at the bottom for these six songs, monstrous musical monuments ranging from 6 to nearly 11 minutes in length. Conjuring for instance Hooded Menace at its bleakest, and as suggested by the stunning cover artwork courtesy of Juanjo Castellano, this second coming focuses on excruciatingly crushing all possible hope in the heaviest way possible. Thou art doomed!
A corrosive mix of death, doom, psychedelia, and black metal, the Portland quartet’s debut full-length is a bona fide underground monolith that shapeshifts with each listen, all while maintaining its essential heaviness. Bandcamp Album of the Day Feb 1, 2019