Angakok are a Sludge band from Belgium, and this is their début album.
Angakok play Sludge/Doom mixed with moments of Drone/Ambient respite.
This is Neurosis-inspired Doom that’s nicely heavy when it needs to be. Mix the Neurosis influence with that of, say, Zatokrev and you have an album that, (slowly), stomps over everything around it.
The Ambient and lighter moments give the album some shading, but the heavier side of the band is the main event; these asides are essentially delaying the heaviness so that when it returns it sounds even more immense.
The music really takes Doom to its black heart; the heavy guitars are slow and crushing, although they do pick up the pace when necessary. There are some good, winding melodies used on these songs and the mood of despondency and bleakness never ends.
The songs are darkly enjoyable, and it’s a collection of tracks that make for a engaging journey with the band.
The vocals are anguished, drawn-out screams, not dissimilar to those used in Neurosis. The style sounds a natural fit with the Sludgy guitars and the performance is not one to find fault with.
The album is well-recorded and seems to be able to be both murky and clear at the same time. It suits the band’s style and the music benefits from it.
I enjoy music like this, especially from a band like Angakok as they clearly know the genre inside out.
Check them out.