Dead Congregation – Sombre Doom (2016)


Sombre Doom is the new EP from Dead Congregation. The riffing is in the same Immolation and Incantation style with simple but effective variations as on their past releases while the production is a less compresssed version of Dead Congregation’s prior album, Promulgation of the Fall, some of The Best Underground Metal of 2014. Thankfully gone are the cheesy Kerry King style leads and guitarists AV and TK have markedly improved the song structure.

Dead Congregation successfully compartmentalize their compositions on Sombre Doom in a similar manner as Incantation did on Diabolical Conquest. Promulgation of the Fall stripped out the Greek Orthodox atmospherics of its predecessor Graves of the Archangels and replaced them with doomy bridges, introductions, and codas that wore out their welcome upon repeat listening. Note that their idols Incantation declined similarly on Mortal Throne of Nazarene. Sombre Doom has none of that and divides its material into two tracks: the first a lengthy death-doom introduction and the second a cathartic death metal climax. Perhaps the overall structure of each individual track could be more melodically flowing and narrative like Onward to Golgotha instead of reflecting Immolation’s occasional cyclicality but as a whole Sombre Doom’s demarcation of the material provides a adequate listening structure. More modern groups should trim the filler to release such effective EPs instead of weighing down albums whose only highlights total two to three effective riffs with less effective material detracting from that which is worthwhile.

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4 thoughts on “Dead Congregation – Sombre Doom (2016)”

  1. Anthony says:

    Will have to give this one a shot. Most of the Incantatclones bore me (and I’ve always been more of a Havohej/Profanatica man anyway when it comes to this style), but this band has always been an exception.

  2. Facelessones says:

    Old school stylistic Pleiades’ Dust

  3. Rainer Weikusat says:

    The first track doesn’t feel like 9 minutes at all, it just proceeds musically from one motif to the next, all of them interestingly sounding and without sharp transitions, and then suddenly stops, the usual effect on me being a feelling “Why is this already over again?”. This is effectively countered by the more lively second one, especially the opening drum part, but that’s not even five minutes, and the “sudden experience of an unpleasant void” repeats after that.

    This is great music while it’s on but a disappointing listening experience because there’s so litte of it (Alle Lust will Ewigkeit! “Ja doch, Friedrich, ich weiss das. Das macht es nicht besser”).

    1. OliveFox says:

      Your sentiment is on point, but, if the band didn’t have much else to say, then no reason to force the issue. A lot of bands only have maybe a couple of good ideas per album, then try to skate by on pure energy alone.

      While nothing beats a full album of glorious metal, so few bands have the ability to deliver anymore that I would rather have a collection of solid EPs than a bunch of albums with 1 or 2 good songs and the rest are trash.

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