Into The Abyss: Doomed To Walk The Earth

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Have you not been prophesied your doom yet?

Today we will discuss the fabled lore of Death/Doom. Actually today is the day we shall talk of Rïcïnn, who doesn’t have anything to do with doom, ’cause I promised so last time, but also of one Death/Doom band called Kuolemanlaakso. I was supposed to write about many a death/doom’s finest band, but Bearville is in trouble again and as Bilbo so eloquently put it: “I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.” I didn’t do much news hunting either, but here are a few remarkable things that have happened as of late

  • Acid King‘s new album was finally released. Head here for a review of it.
  • Dopethrone released Hochelaga (you will want to listen to it here), a very good album of stoner and sludge and doom and dying and misery and…
  • Shape of Despair will release Monotony Fields on June 15th, their first album since 2004 and the first release with new vocalist Henri Koivula.
  • All of Kuolemanlaakso’s covers have been created by Maahy, check his FB here and homepage here.

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Kuolemanlaakso

Kuolemanlaakso began when Triptykon‘s debut hit the ears of Markus Laakso, and as a result he started to write songs unfitting for his project, Chaosweaver. He recruited an able band of rascals including Mikko Kotamäki (Swallow The Sun, ex-Barren Earth, ex-Alghazanth), Usva (ex?-The Nibiruan, Elenium), Tiera (Backstabbing Bastard) and Kouta (Chaosweaver, ex-Verjnuarmu) and recorded an album filled with killer riffs, string bending, Kotamäki-growl-generation at its best, string bending, lyrics inspired by forests and Eino Leino, oh and string bending. Kuolemanlaakso don’t fall into the usual pits of Death/Doom in that there’s variation in their songs, whether it’s a faster pit-enabler like “Kalmoskooppi” or “Ikiuni” or an acoustic jazz tribute to Twin Peaks a’la “Glastonburyn Lehto“.  The EP version of Me Vaellamme Yössä is a most delightful example of keeping doom on the short side without sacrificing the thunder. Plus, it’s got pretty nice melodies.

Both of Kuolemanlaakso’s albums (Uljas Uusi Maailma 2012, Tulijoutsen 2014) and their EP (Musta Aurinko Nousee 2013) have been produced by V. Santura (Triptykon, Dark Fortress, Noneuclid), and he’s been playing additional guitar on them, a likely explanation for the Triptykon-like vibe of the band. Now I liked Eparistera Daimones and enjoyed Tom’s newest band’s sophomore to an extent too, but Kuolemanlaakso is easily the best thing that band has ever led to. But Kuolemanlaakso isn’t some blatant Tom Warrior or My Dying Bride worship. Tuonen Tähtivyö may wear these influences on its sleeve, but it’s a beast of its own, even adding distance to Kuolemanlaakso’s own game.

Like any Doom/Death band should, Kuolemanlaakso knows the art of crushing and memorable riffwork, lingering atmosphere and wormhole-tearing-vocal-power, combined with enough dynamics (even quite a few clean vocals sections, although the growls are still more prominent) in each song to keep boredom forever away. Their albums have each been highlights of their respective years. Songs like “Aarnivalkea“, “Verihaaksi” and “Nostos & Algos” are some of the best death/doom-anthems ever written. Yet I feel most drawn to songs like “Aurinko”; it’s slow, harsh, remorseless, and merciless. All of this is despite the somber and woeful singing piano strokes. Now, like them on FB and take two good goddamn guesses whether Kuolemanlaakso is signed to Svart Records or not.

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Rïcïnn

She was the vocalist of Corpo-Mente and the other vocalist of Öxxö Xööx, both excellent bands covered here last time. As I said in the introduction, this has very little to do with doom or indeed metal music. Blood Music, her excellent label, has called her music Funeral Opera. It’s dreamy, leisurely, and surging, loaded with vocal brilliance and an effortless flow.

Rïcïnn is preparing to release her debut on blood Music later this year. Like her on Facebook.

I’m really sorry, I ought to say more but A) there’s already too much music in this edition. If you check all the links, you will find enough for the remainder of the day.

B) This piece is getting lengthy already, and most importantly

C) This bread is really, really big and I’m so small.

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  • Edward/Breegrodamus™

    Fuck it I’m gonna death/doom out later.

    Bear God >>>>>>

    Toilet Ov Hell >>>>>>

    • Tyreena Hendricks
    • @JWG79:disqus said it best, (roughly) “this website is the first to open when i start my browser and the last when i close it”

      • JWG

        I forget exactly what I said too, but that’s a totally accurate paraphrase.

        …even if that is sort of the way Safari works, anyway.

    • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel
      • Tyreena Hendricks

        Yes!!! Can’t wait to see them next month.

        • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

          You know what I’m excited for? Deftones/Incubus is going to Jones Beach and I just might go to that hellhole to see them.

      • The Beargod

        I’ve never quite seen the same greatness in this as others do. It’s good, but not that marvelous.

      • Edward/Breegrodamus™

        I’ll check this shit out HD!

        • Reichsmarschall Dean von Steel

          This is like the genes is of death/doom, literally one of the blueprints. Check out dISEMBOWELMENT’s Transcendence to the Peripheral as well–classic and potent death/doom.

      • Big Poppa Penis Pump

        Shit, haven’t heard them in fucking ages! Classic stuff!

        http://25.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_m1f5iwC2Q51r3ifxzo1_500.gif

  • CyberneticOrganism

    Oooh, this I like.

  • Tyreena Hendricks

    Yes, Dopethrone blew my beautiful head off. Dying and misery indeed fucking bear. Rïcïnn is pretty cool too, liking the haunting vibes.

    https://mygeekblasphemy.files.wordpress.com/2014/11/gore.png?w=640

  • Sir Tapir the Based

    For some reason I’ve never checked out Kuolemanlaakso before. I’ve made a big mistake.

    • The Beargod

      Ha! I remember you calling them boring when I linked them in the comments!

      • Sir Tapir the Based

        I do not remember this.

        • Tyreena Hendricks

          “I don’t remember, I don’t recall
          I got no memory of anything at all
          I don’t remember, I don’t recall
          I got no memory of anything
          -anything at all”

          • Tyreena Hendricks
          • The Beargod

            This song, this here song.

          • Guacamole Jim

            LINK!! <3

            You just get me.

          • more beer

            That`s exactly what Reagan said at the Iran Contra hearings.

        • TheRedman(formerly God ov All)

          Who cares about facts?! Laugh at the Tapir! Point and laugh!

    • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan

      Me and my friends we all love this band more then metallica, acdc, guns and roses, five finger death punch, skillet, my chemical romance, rob zombie, ramstein, 3 doors down, hollywood undead, three days grace, and other heavy metal bands….

      THEY NEED TO COME TO THE SOUTH PLEASE MY BROTHER AND I WILL DO ANYTHING LITTARLY ANYTHING…. btw my brother looks just like u in a WHOLE WAY…. im beeing dead serouis he does if u dont believe me then add him on facebook….. give us free tickets and backstage passes ….

      – Posted by katelynn_adkins, 2011-12-19 08:50

  • Doooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooom.

    • P.S. read that in the deepest most gurgling growl you can think of.

      • Meroooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooool.

        • Big Poppa Penis Pump

          You’re singing the beginning of Dream Evil’s ‘Book Of Heavy Metal’?

        • Lacertilian

          Meroo is a nice national park near where I live.

          • It was ‘merol’, but I don’t know what happened here 😛

    • Big Poppa Penis Pump

      Is this some sort of ironic doom?

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VGMa3uqQUXw

      • No. I was exclaiming fervently. I was also on painkillers yesterday after a minor surgery so I don’t know what the fuck I thought.

  • JWG

    I put this on my bandcamp wish list a few weeks ago when I finally gave up on getting a physical copy from Canadian sources.

    I may stab that purchase button very soon…

    • RepostedAvengedSevenfoldFan

      I’m a fucking die hard Avenged Sevenfold fan and I graduated from one of the top Cosmetology schools in Canada and I own my own shop! So maybe you should go back to school and get come common since!?

      -Cherry Vengeance, 3 months ago, in reply to Peter CockBurns

      • TheRedman(formerly God ov All)

        Common since

        • more beer

          She did graduate from one of the top cosmetology schools in Canada after all.

          • Big Poppa Penis Pump

            Must’ve been one of those online schools where you pay thousands of dollars, fill out a 20 question quiz, and they fax you a diploma with a banana sticker on it.

          • more beer

            One of the Acme schools. The Coyote went to!

      • JWG

        I think Cherry and I would get along very well so long as we didn’t talk about music, or cosmetology, or how even the most reasoned argument can be totally undermined by an error on the very last werd.

      • Big Poppa Penis Pump

        Behold, world, superior American public schooling at it’s finest!

    • The Beargod

      Coulombemasanko?

      • JWG

        Yes. That thing which I dare not try to type so long as I have an overactive Spellcheck and Autocomplete.

        • The Beargod

          Idk how much it’d cost to ahip from Finlamd but the records themselves’d be cheap-ish. From Äx.
          Or directöy from Svart, both deliver.
          Or just BC, anyways the band kills.

  • Dat Bilbo quote <3. Thanks for this piece and for the recommendations, Beargod!

    That Kuolemanlaakso guitar tone is very awesome.

  • Dr. Dubz

    I listened to Coulombemasanko after reading this post yesterday. Good find, Paddington.

    • The Beargod

      Dibs on all-horn cover band called Coulombemasanko.

      • I will make a venezuelan cover band called KuloManguerazo.

        • Big Poppa Penis Pump

          KuloMangorita.

    • Stanley

      I didn’t think Paddington was a thing in the US. You’re comment takes me back to my childhood.

      • The Beargod

        Seen the new movie?

        • Stanley

          What movie?

          • The Beargod

            Paddington.

          • Stanley

            I didn’t know there was a movie. I was referring to the 5 minute episodes that they used to have on BBC before the news came on. This is what I’m taking about.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdVPymvBCm8&spfreload=10

          • The Beargod

            I know these, used to love ’em a long time ago.
            Which is why I asked.

          • Stanley

            I just watched it all the way through. Haven’t seen it in donkey’s years. Did they actually show them in Finland? If so, I assume that they were dubbed, and not subtitled, as the little ones wouldn’t be able to read the subtitles very well.

          • The Beargod

            I think they were dubbed yes, even when Finland doesn’t go crazy with dubbing like say, Germany (at leadt they used to). But kid’s programs are dubbed.

          • CyberneticOrganism

            This was my favorite show in Germany

            http://www.dwdl.de/images/1388931979.jpg

          • The Beargod

            What.Is.This.Even

          • CyberneticOrganism
          • The Beargod

            Mang.

          • This animation is so pretty!But I can’t understand anything of the voice 🙁

          • Stanley

            It is English, Link. It’s BBC English and not how the common folk speak. Think of the Queen.

          • Big Poppa Penis Pump

            Damn Brits need to start learning how to speak proper English! And by proper, I mean Joe Pesci English, not Queen’s English. Queen’s english is for people who sound like they’re chomping on a dick with a mouth full of gravel.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gYsWkonhV4

      • Dr. Dubz

        I don’t think he was as big here, but I’m pretty sure we had Paddington books.

        • Ahmed Johnson The Reef Eater

          They made a movie of him this year and it was surprisingly good

  • TheRedman(formerly God ov All)

    Normally doom doesn’t do it for me, but this is some tasty stuff.

  • Guacamole Jim

    Today has been a most excellent day on the Toilet for music recommendations!! Rïcïnn has got me all splooshy in the nethers.

    http://media.giphy.com/media/FlEyOAu4ujVII/giphy.gif

    • TheRedman(formerly God ov All)

      Oh Pam, how you make my heart sing.

  • The Beargod

    Kuolemanlaakso = Valley of Death.
    Also the famous Death Valley.
    FYI

  • Maik Beninton

    Good, you follow it up. Unlike another series.

    • Edward/Breegrodamus™

      Which series are you thinking of?

  • Nice write up Bear God. I’m gonna check this later tonight. The desciptions have peaked my curiosity.

  • CT-12

    Don’t have time to look at everything on here, so I’ll have to get back to this. Anyhow, I’m heading to Seattle to see Faith No More tonight, so fucking stoked! Hope y’all have a good Friday and weekend!

    • more beer

      Enjoy!

      • CT-12

        Thanks brah! FNM ruled but the crowd where I was at was fucking weak. Weirdly enough saw Jeff Loomis of all people at the show.

        • more beer

          It always sucks when the crowd sucks. That was how it was when I saw Doro last month. Fucked up crowd ruined the night. I saw Murphy’s Law last night. What a fun show it was. Between Jimmy G doing what he does best giving away alcohol and weed being legal here it was one big party. A lot of weed was smoked in that venue.

          • CT-12

            That sucks about Doro, fucking sweet about Murphy’s Law! You live in Colorado?

          • more beer

            Yea I live in Denver but Grew up in New York. I never miss Murphy’s Law been going to their shows since the 80’s. everyone of them has been fun!

          • CT-12

            Nice man, thought you might be a WA guy

          • more beer

            Nope Denver. It’s legal there but they aren’t even close to it being the way it is here.

          • CT-12

            What’s different over there, if I may ask?

          • more beer

            I think the way the laws work. In Colorado they were really prepared for legalization. There were tons of places ready to sell recreational. From what I understand it wasn`t like that there.

          • CT-12

            Yeah, mainly what happened here was that there were all these little technicalities that sort of fucked with the whole launch (all good now though).

          • more beer

            Aren`t there some weird rules on growing there?

          • CT-12

            Honestly, couldn’t really tell ya, don’t know enough about it. The only info I do know is you have to be a licensed grower, and that’s about it…

          • more beer

            Fair enough. All that matters is that it`s working there.

  • BLOODBEARDE

    Beargod, I’ve had the new Dopethrone for a couple weeks now. I really didn’t like it that much. Their cover of “Aint No Sunshine” might be the only thing I like by them.

  • JWG

    While browsing the Doom, sludge, and stoner-doom recommendations subpages on Bandcamp tonight I also added these guys to my collection:

    https://watchtowerwatchtower.bandcamp.com/

    I get hints here and there of the doomy styles of Conan, Slomatics, Holly Hunt, High on Fire, and even Mendozza. How many of those are known influences beyond HoF I don’t know. They could all just be coincidence, but it’s definitely right up my alley either way.

  • tertius_decimus

    Wow, I definitely like Kuolemanlaakso! Thanks for posting!

  • Óðhinn

    Kuolemanlaakso is some tasty ass motherfuckin shit. m/

    Thanks Nordling Rites ov Karhu.