"Solemn" (Twilight Foundation; 2008)

Reviewed by Mike SOS

Canadian doom metal mavens Towards Darkness were once called The Mass, who put out an album called "Towards Darkness." Confused? Allow the slow crawl of "Continuity Errror" to seep through your pores long enough, and your befuddlement will be whisked away by the foreboding sonic heft brought on by this outfit.

Strong keyboard work and well-measured tempos give this six-track affair a truly chilling effect, and when the roaring Isis-like vocals kick in, best brace yourself for a maelstrom to crush your soul.

Funeral-like in its approach with shards of atmospheric post-hardcore thrown in for good measure ("Despair"), this 63-minute excursion pounds and plods its way through with all of the sloth-like nuances to make for a convincing slab of doom metal.

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Rating Guide:

A classic. This record will kick your ass.

Killer. Not a classic but it will rock your world.

So-so. You've heard better.

Pretty bad. Might make a nice coaster.

Self explanatory. Just the sight of the cover makes you wanna hurl.

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