Mournful Congregation
The Exuviae of Gods - Part I


3.5
great

Review

by GiaNXGX USER (27 Reviews)
May 20th, 2022 | 24 replies


Release Date: 05/27/2022 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Tried and True.

To doomers and seasoned funeral death metal aficionados alike, a band such as Mournful needs no introduction, their dirge-like, quasi-trapezoid mamooths of longform have been a force to be reckoned with since the early years of the genre. Starting from humble beginnings, the band has built an impressive back catalogue of gloom very characterized (in the milieu) by its overusage of melodic, if slightly unorthodox juxtaposition. The band has a penchiness for a sound that is both cohesive and restrictive in its innovation, as - although they have parted away with genre convention in their use of clean vocals - the sonic palette isn’t very different release through release. While not exactly a setback, future to-be listeners should bear in mind this may make or break your enjoyment of their output.

Coming off as quite the departure, The Exuviae Of Gods jolts us along, like 2010’s (11’s) Book of Kings, into a brooding, cathedral-like opener with very fun, monumental walls of resonance. The song (the album’s highlight), clocks in at the 14 min mark, has some of the band’s best riffs to date (I would describe as Sabbath meets David Lynch). The band also takes risks insofar structure is concerned, allowing the organ (a nod to Thergothon and, also, genre namesakes? Funeral) to have less presence compared to their earlier work.

The second and third track, equally adventurous, have also a tendency to feel a bit samey same-y. This, in this listener’s ears, will prove the most important measuring crux in yours’ enjoyment of the album therein. If you (like me), like your doom moving (Ahab), but with a hint of atmospheric adventureness to make things varied, you won’t find this here. The reason why is Mournful has never cared, and prolly won’t change at this point, the band pioneered a very pigenhold-eable strain of sound which (cosmics leanings aside) cannot excuse some corners which may have had to be cut.

Ultimately, this proves another worthy entry into the catalogue of the veteran band. Fantano may have a hard time convincing Bell Witch fans to jump on this one, but lets face it, it might be for the better. If you like your doom doomy, and your funeral organs where your ears are at, come - here’s one for the ages!



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user ratings (9)
3.4
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GiaNXGX
May 20th 2022


4998 Comments


Bump
Stream link:
https://20buckspin.bandcamp.com/album/the-exuviae-of-gods-part-i


pizzamachine
May 20th 2022


16321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

They’re organ donors. ;DDD



Pretty cool tunes





Digging: Draconian - Under a Godless Veil

GiaNXGX
May 20th 2022


4998 Comments


i wanted to change my profile pic the gif makes me seem like the edgiest person on the site... for some reason it did not update lmao, i guess if i were reviewing only avant-garde albums, but i originally enjoyed reviewing metal on sput (which i think is still the main genre i return to the site for), avant-garde stuff still good but just feels like subverting the status quo

GiaNXGX
May 20th 2022


4998 Comments


also wheres havey

pizzamachine
May 20th 2022


16321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Your avatar’s pretty dang cool.



Reviewing metal 4 life homie m/

GiaNXGX
May 20th 2022


4998 Comments


i feel like this one is a bit better than their last, the first track is def the highlight

pizzamachine
May 20th 2022


16321 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Wish I had time to listen to it all but I don’t cause my wife’s in the room so 3.5 for now. 🫥

parksungjoon
May 20th 2022


44512 Comments


>also wheres havey

not listening to metal thats for sure

parksungjoon
May 20th 2022


44512 Comments


review some onkyo he'll show up

GiaNXGX
May 20th 2022


4998 Comments


Dude stopped listening to music and became an art of fugue reviewer i believe, such specimens harken to the minutae in musical pieces that are of an splendour unbeknownst

Gnocchi
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2022


17245 Comments


Oh cool

parksungjoon
May 20th 2022


44512 Comments


i mean hes still posting

GiaNXGX
May 20th 2022


4998 Comments


Bmup

DarkNoctus
May 20th 2022


11870 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

this is some of the best production they've had - it's so pristine and pretty



loving this. standard for them - which is to say it's excellent. the title track is their best acoustic offering yet.

Havey
May 20th 2022


11084 Comments


onkyo also goes against my values tbh

LeddSledd
May 20th 2022


7270 Comments


gigabased onkyo avi

more based froge avi

GiaNXGX
May 20th 2022


4998 Comments


Yes the solo on the second track is extremely good

Azog
May 20th 2022


812 Comments


I need this, period.

Madbutcher3
May 20th 2022


3031 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good little ep, not as good as the june frost but nice

Havey
May 20th 2022


11084 Comments


I need this, tilde ~



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