Northless have created a textured album that combines merciless sludge with expressive doom, resulting in a 43-minute journey into dark waters filled with loss and pain. The journey is rich and nuanced, with colossal guitars and harsh shouts enriched with a variety of sounds and instruments, including clean singing, synths, and bassoon.
The band’s misery-drenched sludge is caustic and harsh, but not without atmospheric depth. The heaviness and crushing weight of distortion that I remember from past Northless work is intact and well. This has been enhanced with emotive elements that help take the material’s impact up a notch. These new songs are well-written and definitely some of the best that the band have produced.
This is the most multifaceted and compelling version of Northless that I have heard. Their new record is a very enjoyable and satisfying example of how to craft doom-laced modern heavy sludge with an engaging emotive side.