Good thing that I have big ass Magnat speakers to blast the volume to festival levels.
Two and a half years after their highly acclaimed split with Belgian sludge mongers All We Expected, Dublin based Raum Kingdom returns with a full-length. Still sailing on the oceans of post metal and sludge doom, this quartet brings a pulsating and immersive version of their preferred genre. With seven songs, Raum Kingdom attempts to make their mark on the hungry and demanding scene. And, in the same effort, they simply steamroll that scene to shreds, aided by a monolithic sound, the intensity of a rhino stampede and riffs as effective as a guillotine.
But, it's not all heavy and brutal. For starters, loyal to the style, pretty much everything here is slow. Then, in between the punishing sludge metal assaults, you can find elaborate post rock passages. What I personally like the most, is the wide variety of vocals. From clean, melodic verses to harsh and uncompromising screams, they all add the necessary level of variation to the whole thing. 'Winter', featuring Mia Govoni, is my favorite track in that aspect. Possibly also because it's one of those brilliant and huge post-whatever journeys.
I also dig the fact that there are a few shorter tracks on the album, perfect for a five or six minutes headbanging workout session before going back to the daily tasks. Obviously, tracks like 'Dig' and 'Hidden Pain' can easily become live favorites. Most audience members will go wild on these tunes while I prefer the Tool inspired 'Rebuilding the Page' or the eleven minuter 'Struggle'. Oh well, that's the thing with preferences, they differ. However, after listening to this gem, I'm confident that Raum Kingdom are aiming for the thrones of Amenra, Cult Of Luna and Neurosis. Time will tell if that will ever happen but I predict an overwhelming Dunk! festival appearance in the near future.