ARTIST:

DWAAL

(NORWAY)
TITLE:

GOSPEL OF THE VILE

(2020)
LABEL:

DARK ESSENCE RECORDS

GENRE:

DOOM

TAGS:
Melancholic
"Dwaal may not invent anything, but the style's fan will only be able to enjoy this powerfull "Gospel Of The Vile", and start a way of the cross along these heavy and steep landscapes that the Norwegians knead."
CHILDERIC THOR (01.09.2020)  
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Norway has never been a particularly fertile land when it comes to doom, no matter what face the genre chooses to shape (sludge, post metal, doom death etc...). Yet this country possesses all the necessary equipment, climatic or geographical, conducive to the emergence of a cult dedicated to the sacrosanct riff and the goddess of pain.

Based in Oslo, Dwaal is one of those priests who prefer to carve the fjords with a chisel rather than burn churches. The group will see the night in 2014. A demo and an EP ("Darben") later and here is finally the time of the first album. And also that of a change of personnel, that seals the arrival of the keyboardist Siri Vestby and a new singer, Bjørnar Kristiansen. Their respective contributions are not insignificant. The first one spreads a haunted layer almost progressive and pierces the whole by strange sounds. As for the second, by its rough, almost bitter grain, it takes the sextet's music into a cavernous abyss, which is not then without invoking the works of the Swede Runemagick ('The Whispering Ones').

If the guitars, as thick as a lava flow, take more than their share in this descent into the mine, they take the whole thing towards an atmospheric post metal. Carved in the granite rock of the land where he was born, Dwaal finally has more of a connection with his neighbor's doom death sludge (Ocean Chief, Switchblade) than with the Norwegian scene, as illustrated by the aptly named 'Descent' with its 16 minutes of dereliction.

In this petrified material, prisoner of a gangue that is both sinister and dramatic, there is also something that evokes massive mountains, vertiginous chasms, reliefs in formation. It is a long time, almost motionless. If the opening baptized 'Ascent' suggests an elevation, 'Gospel Of The Vile' is closer to the excavation, even if it goes up to the surface at times to swallow a pale light. This fluent composition which gives its title to the album synthesizes this art in the looks of a block of raw material, a mineral monolith shaken by death and post hardcore influences like Neurosis, Cult Of Luna and others.

Dwaal may not invent anything, but the style's fan will only be able to enjoy this powerfull "Gospel Of The Vile", and start a way of the cross along these heavy and steep landscapes that the Norwegians knead.


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SIMILAR BANDS:
NEUROSIS, RUNEMAGICK, CULT OF LUNA


TRACK LISTING:
01. Ascent - 5:57
02. Like Rats - 9:47
03. Gospel of the Vile - 13:50
04. Obsidian Heart Burns - 11:12
05. The Whispering One - 6:54
06. Descent - 16:26

LINEUP:
Anders Johnsen: Batterie
Bjørnar Kristiansen: Chant
Eigil Dragvik: Guitares
Rikke Karlsen: Guitares
Siri Vestby: Claviers
Stian Hammer: Basse
   
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