That was my very first thought when I watched this album coming in. After all, I am a huge doom metal fan. I love slow, heavy music and funeral doom is somewhere on top of my list. So when I noticed this Un release, recommended if you like Samothrace, Ahab, Atavist and so on, I had a massive smile on my face. I know, it's not really smiling-music but still, nothing reflects melancholia, desperation, depression and dreariness as well as this genre.
Un was formed in Seattle (US) in 2012. Originally a trio, a second guitar player joined the band shortly after. The proved to be a very good decision. It provided the band a way to expand their sonic palette, which was already pretty intense to begin with. Now, Un are ready to unleash a monolithic album upon the world, a brutal steamroller, blending funeral doom with post-metal. And that, my friends, is probably one of the best things to have happen to the genre in years.
The result is an outstanding album, heavy, slow but still with a huge sense of melody and songwriting. These are not mere doom tracks. These are elaborate pieces of emotional music, sometimes crushing, sometimes hypnotic and sometimes subdued. Of course, there's plenty of growling vocals and metallic heaviness to please the die-hard doomers but, undoubtedly, Un is taking the genre to another level with 'The Tomb Of All Things'. The huge, post-rock resembling layers of guitars are simply awesome.
Traditionally, we're dealing with very long songs here. Apart from opener, the intro 'Epigraph', no song reaches under ten minutes. Often it's hard to remain interesting for that duration but Un definitely succeeds in doing so. They incorporate a dynamic, ever-evolving sound from calm, warm instrumental passages to hefty outbursts of grievous, fuzz-loaded doom metal. Besides, there seem to be influences from all kinds of slow music, even including some passages that either remind me a bit of Pink Floyd or some dark jazz acts.
I have no favorite track on this album. In fact, I prefer to enjoy this as a fifty minutes journey into the deepest regions of the metal scene. I do recommend this album, but I guess you already figured that out by now. Doomers can't go wrong with this. Post-rock/metal fans might take some time getting used to the growls but will eventually appreciate this too. Even progressive metal fans will find something they like here. I can't wait for Un to come over to Europe and crush our continent with this massive sound.