|Review: A Thousand Sufferings - Bleakness|
Label: Symbol of Domination
Year released: 2018
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: March 21, 2019
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)
Now here's some creepy and heavy shit... A Thousand Sufferings, a band from Sint-Amands, Antwerp, Belgium, plays a mix of sludge and doom metal, with a pretty distinctive blackened vibe. Bleakness is their second album and it's the kind of stuff that you necessarily don't want to put on when you are filled with negativity. I mean, you cannot get any kind of mental comfort from a release like this, that's for sure.
The album is filled with sorrowful, ominously dragging, distorted riffs, lots of almost tangible angst and just about everything that doesn't get your (negative) state of mind up. Vocalist and guitarist PJ Turlinckx fits his job like a glove, with his snarling and demonic vocal tone, reminding me of Cronos of Venom in some serious pain every now and then, and giving me some creeps whenever he decides to switch to this specific vocal style that is out of this world. "Ghostriders," which is originally a Stan Jones song, "Ghost Riders in the Sky," also got a nice treatment in the hands of these gifted Belgian sludge/doom masters. The songs range from five to nearly 10 minutes in length, so one can hardly use the album as background music if you want to get the best listening experience out of them.
I must say A Thousand Sufferings was a very cool find, even though this stuff isn't for everyone. Keep your kitchen knives hidden carefully when you decide to give this a spin or two, OK?
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