Thergothon
Stream From The Heavens


4.0
excellent

Review

by sonictheplumber STAFF USER (107 Reviews)
June 7th, 2013 | 30 replies


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


Doom is a genre that has always been shamefully overlooked and overshadowed by the more flamboyant and extreme genres of metal. It's hard to notice a few regular-looking dudes playing slowly when you have people in corpse paint or people dancing and singing about Lord of the Rings or people shredding really fast as your other options. Many are more drawn to the more upbeat or theatrical sides of heavy metal music, and that is why doom as a whole is largely left behind by many so-called metalheads. It just seems like such a downer.

Thergothon were the pioneers of something called funeral doom, which is about what it sounds like. If the brand of doom played by Saint Vitus and Pentagram was already too much of a downer for the average metalhead, Thergothon were out to prove that these pussies hadn't seen anything yet. Stream From The Heavens is one of the gloomiest, most crushing albums ever recorded.

First of all, it is completely inaccessible to those who aren't seasoned fans of extreme metal. Thergothon's music is like if Demilich, Funebre or Convulse found a Saint Vitus album and got extremely depressed and decided to record the results. There are two vocalists - one of them sounding like the belches of the eternally damned, and the other employing a clean voice, yet still eerily depressed and monotone, like a calmly weeping Finnish man. The songs are slower than anything else going on in metal at the time. Even the doom contemporaries of the time like Cathedral and Solitude Aeturnus had more melody and speed than Thergothon, but melody was never Thergothon's purpose. This album is the soundtrack of death - like the slow fading from the conscious world to the afterlife. This truly lives up to its name of "funeral doom" - with songs like "Elemental" and "Who Rides The Astral Wings" it is easy to picture a coffin being lowered into the ground, and dirt being slowly and sadly dumped on it. The subtle keyboards also help to produce this atmospheric effect, never overpowering the riffs or vocals but nearly always in the background helping provide the deathly and eerie atmosphere that this album has.

Stream From The Heavens is one of the heaviest albums out there. Not heavy in the sense of other extreme metal acts of the time, who largely relied on speed and aggression to communicate heaviness - Thergothon had no need for tricks like that. Metal often tries to hide any emotion other than anger in order to seem "more metal," but Thergothon's music is raw and pure. There is anger, yet there is also a spiritual and somber atmosphere that simply wasn't to be found on any other metal record at the time. These guys were no Cannibal Corpse.



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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 7th 2013


18492 Comments


sweet album mourns hard

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Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 7th 2013


18492 Comments


butthurt is strong on the sput

FiveLeavesLeft
June 7th 2013


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

One of the best albums ever, pos'd

MO
June 7th 2013


18696 Comments


pos'd rules hard

FiveLeavesLeft
June 7th 2013


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yo, did you just change your username or am I late to figuring that out?

FiveLeavesLeft
June 7th 2013


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5



MO
June 7th 2013


18696 Comments


uhh it got changed yesterday I think, was due

KILL
June 7th 2013


71795 Comments


fuckin sweet def gonna check this, finally got to lunar womb

MoosechriS
June 7th 2013


5012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Nice review dude, pos'd

Album rules and needs alot more love around here

Eunuch
June 7th 2013


1252 Comments


CAN YOU HEAR MY CHAAAAAAGHHHHNT [3]

Eunuch
June 7th 2013


1252 Comments


CAN YOU HEAR MY CHAAAAAAGHHHHNT [3]

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
June 7th 2013


20695 Comments


Great review bro, pos'd.

Would have pos'd for the first paragraph alone.

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Sniff
June 7th 2013


1153 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Pos'd for the last sentence

ResidentNihilist
June 7th 2013


1044 Comments


Good review dude, the last line made me lol.

GiaNXGX
June 7th 2013


4867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Luv 4 Cthulhu

ResidentNihilist
June 7th 2013


1044 Comments


Damn site loading times.

KILL
June 7th 2013


71795 Comments


this is fuckin sweet

Keyblade
June 7th 2013


14857 Comments


:D

Keyblade
June 8th 2013


14857 Comments


oh sweet this is a new review, didn't even notice

GiaNXGX
June 8th 2013


4867 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

no idea as to why the hell you haven't been promoted to staff or emeritus or whichever superior ranks, deliberate segregation



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