Perhaps it’s the weird unseasonal gloom outside or my overabundance of free time that’s managed to get me in the mood for dismal and drowning doom like Graveflower, but regardless of reason I am actually quite glad that I’ve had the chance to finally be fully dissolved into this album, which on the surface left me initially unmoved months back. With some things, such as funeral and death doom styles, they really do just require the right frame of mind to appreciate fully so whether you’re already a fan of these styles or just in that right mood and personal introspection this is a great and progressive album that might actually drift away from balmy gloom with melody and clean morose vocals playing as dominant a role and as heavy riffs that create a void in the time space continuum and morbid drawn out growls.
“White Noise” starts with some great traditional doom metal riffs and melodic guitar leads that show more promise than the expected vortex of “funeral” gloom. The doom rhythms progress throughout the entire song, all 9+ minutes of it, the mournful clean vocals remind me of classic death rock (Virgin Prunes, Christian Death,etc. ) vocals intermixed with the expected but not indecipherable death doom ghoul growl, and there’s also some prog/post metal hinted at that becomes more pronounced in the following “My Turn” . Although the Isis/Pelican “prog and atmospheric wash of drifting melody” mixed with the heavier, but not extreme doom, is not overly unique it does actually add some meat to the emotional vocals and makes the 11-minute “My Turn” more fluid and ethereal. Honestly, shit…it’s ridiculous to expect to hear something NEW these days during the initial listen, but for those who spend the time to listen to something more than once or twice will find that there IS, in fact, new sounds and rhythms being created.
“Rain in Inferno” is heavier in the vocals and shorter in length, 5-and-a-half- minutes total, definitely more of a moody epic doom song with some guitar squealing and nice doom/metal leads appearing throughout thus making this one my personal stand out.
“The Falling Leaves” is another moody and colossal 11-minute doom ride, but here we now have a speedier tempo, some solid grooves, lots of fluidity in riffs, spoken word, and diverse elements/styles such as a death metal crunching guitar sound in some of the rhythm parts. The feel on “The Falling Leaves” is somewhere in the Mirror of Deception vein, heavy and emotional, but still a massive slugathor of doom metal without pretense.
In conclusion, Graveflower is a promising young Russian band (although consisting of veteran musicians) and another frosty breath of life to be fed into the doom genres.