Convocation – Ashes Coalesce (Review)

Convocation - Ashes CoalesceConvocation are a funeral doom band from Finland, and this is their second album.

I enjoyed 2018’s Scars Across; the band’s brand of atmospheric funeral death/doom was crushingly oppressive and filled with misery, just as you’d want something like this to be. Convocation have now returned with 45 minutes of new material. It’s brought to us by members of Desolate Shrine and Dark Buddha Rising, which is yet another reason you should check this out.

This is an album of colossal songs, each packed with dark, despondent material. Slow and deliberate, each track is relentless in its negativity, and is just brimming with despair and woe. The songs are highly atmospheric and use their heaviness to crush the listener not only physically, but mentally too.

This is apocalyptic in feel and substance. It’s a multifaceted trip into extreme doom that’s much more textured and layered than many other examples of the style; the diverse vocals, melodies, keyboards, and grim moods are all delivered in exemplary ways, and each song stands tall on its own or as a complete album. It’s well-written, and very satisfying to immerse yourself in.

It’s clear that Convocation know how to handle and shape this sort of music, and their latest album is an impressive work.

Very highly recommended.

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