So, what to make of their latest output, which is from Leicester based band Garganjua and is their third album called Towards the Sun.
The album starts with a spoken word passage with a robotic distorted voice talking about fear of living in the present, it all sounds rather ominous until it segues into the next track and first song proper, which is the soaring 'The New Sun'. It starts off with almost tribal drumming and delicately strummed guitar parts. It builds into a gut punch of death doom with cavernous growled vocals, and yet, the whole thing is dense and yet delicate at the same time, it dances round melodies whilst swinging between the clean and growled vocals which are perfectly in balance.
Second track 'Mire' Starts of with more clean guitars but picks up into a tremolo picked guitar part in the background which swells before building and erupting into black metal blast beats pushing the tremolo picked guitar to the forefront. Next track 'Light Bearer' beings in yet another dimension to the bands sound as towards the end of the song, they bring in some almost thrash metal elements for a glorious head nodding moment which cannot fail to carry you along for the ride.
'Controlling Waves' is a song which Pallbearer would be proud of calling their own, it's monolithic melodies and swirling crashedos means it is perched on the pinnacle of what doom can sound like. The whole album walks a supremely judged line between various genres, with it's highs and lows and the interplay between light and dark that comes with a truly talented band. The new year is only three weeks old and already we have a contender for album of the year, the bar has been set, and it's been set very high indeed. Outstanding.