Self-released, July 2014
Haunting and heavy, the debut release from Irish foursome Raum Kingdom combines post-rock expansiveness with apocalyptic doom metal to create a bleak, uncomfortable soundscape that may make you want to damage yourself. If your mind hasn’t melted before then, that is.
Inspired by the likes of Neurosis and Cult Of Luna, Raum Kingdom possess a certain majestic, hypnotic quality. The plaintive clean vocals are vomited over by screamed ferocity, but the central focus is the dense, incessant guitars, burying you deeper and deeper in the darkness.
Throughout these five simple structures, the gloomily claustrophobic atmosphere builds relentlessly, although the EP perhaps leans a little too heavily on the notion of repetition and, maybe as a consequence, lacks sufficient stand-out moments to make it a truly top-class addition to the genre.