REVIEW: DEATH WILL TREMBLE – “Departures” [EP]
Death will Tremble, the Doom Metal band hailing from Austin, Texas is a rather unknown entity in the world of metal. Their first full-length album titled ‘Mona’ garnered them much appreciation from those who like the low tempo, sludgy yet heavy style of metal. After a gap of almost two years, they are back with an ambitious as well as surprising one-track EP titled ‘Departures’. I bet it takes a lot of courage and guts to do something as a fourteen minute one-track EP. However, when you have a bunch of talented musicians, who can see music through the eyes of various emotions, it is bound to succeed. Such is the case with this EP.
No build-ups or intros, from the very first note, they go all in creating a dense, sonically intoxicating atmosphere, laden with utter depression. The vocals, though unconventional for a Doom band acts as the catalyst towards the overall bleak feel of the music. The slow marching juggernaut riffs create an epic dark wall of sound, enough to finally let attain the dark peace within our minds. The music is highly engaging and calming at the same time. With surprising change in patterns at times, they have been able to attain a very unique sound.
Another great fact about this track is that the band has not allowed it to get monotonous. There are some very smooth and beautiful transitions, which add a progressive flavor to the track. But most of all, what this music should be known for, is the emotional journey it takes the listener through. The production on the EP is next to perfect and exactly adheres to the sound they seemed to have been looking for. The music is definitely not unique or groundbreaking, however the surge of emotions throughout takes it a class apart.
‘Departures’ is an embodiment of the sadness embedded deep into a bleak yet sedative core of darkness. It’s a journey through emotions, meant to be felt only through this immersive form of music.