Yes, "battle doom", because this is something for fans of Conan, Yob, Deadsmoke and - of course - Throneless. In four tracks and armed with malicious doom riffs, Throneless climbs right to the top of my doom metal ladder, which is a long one.
With that previous paragraph I have actually said everything any doom metal fan should know about this album, anything that makes that fan hunger for it. The term "battle doom" should have already given these people a massive boner but wait until they actually hear it. I mean, the opener 'Born In Vain' pretty much follows the path of Throneless' previous album. That path contains these sluggish riffs, the epic vocals and the slow but methodical drums that make many heads bang slowly.
And then there is the title track, 'Cycles'. Starting out gentle and somewhat psychedelic, this monster quickly turns into an epic masterpiece, one that will make even the guys from Conan drool all over their instrumentation. The music practically oozes out of my speakers right now, like a lava flow or a mud stream. Or like a glacier devouring everything in its long and torpid path. We're not even halfway through the album and I'm already massively impressed.
Then there is 'Senseless', which is basically a merciless hammering with guitars, drums and amps, nothing new but so damn immersive. It's the shortest track on this album but that doesn't mean it lacks power, on the very contrary. Play this at an unreasonable level and the glasses will quickly tumble out of your cupboard. Don't say I didn't warn you. Same goes for the epic closer 'Oracle', a 20 minutes lasting interdimensional mudstream that is impossible to resist.
Oh well. You'll get the idea. Buy this album now or stop calling yourself a doom metal fan...