As a haggard ink-splattered scribe here at ye olde Sleeping Village, it is an expectation, of sorts, that I possess the vocabulary to describe the music I am discussing. Punchy adjectives can go a long way in describing the aural form in written form, and, as such, I always try to deliver in that department. However, in the case of today's subject, more specific descriptors aren't the first to spring to mind. I'm left with monolithic terms instead--words, for example, like "big" and "sad" and "dark." That, in and of itself, should provide some indication as to the character of the track in question. The music speaks for itself.
But! Before we get too far ahead of ourselves, check out below "Thread of Hope" by New York-based one-man band Drift Into Black. As always, we'll meet ye on the other side!
Across this track--and the forthcoming Patterns of Light as a whole, for that matter--Drift Into Black's brand of gloom-laden synthy death doom feels, well, exactly the way you want it too. The atmosphere is appropriately big and sad and dark, with the kind of expansive aura that brings to mind decrepit gothic architecture brimming with fog, cobwebs, and a general oppressive sense of melancholy. The vocals alternate between delicate cleans and a voluminous growl that feels utterly massive whilst simultaneously being swallowed by the sheer weight of the atmosphere. This latter quality is what allows Drift Into Black's approach to truly stand out: it perpetually provides a sense of scale and perspective utterly befitting its strain of melodic death doom.
"Thread of Hope" isn't constrained, however, by expectation or convention. This track utilizes a vaguely punky approach in the percussion department, which lends the affair an intriguing momentum. It doesn't drag and lumber, like you might expect from a song suited in the respective genre. Despite a certain slightly upbeat flair, "Thread of Hope" serves as a prime example of what Patterns of Light has to offer as a whole, like unto any successful lead single. That said, this track is only one chapter in the narrative--a slice of a larger conceptual whole. It's strong on its own, but in the context of the album at large, "Thread of Hope" takes on a more significant weight.
In sum? If music that is big, sad, and dark is up your alley, I highly recommend you give "Thread of Hope" a listen, and keep yer eyes out for Patterns of Light, which will drop on May 28th via Black Doomba Records. Hit that pre-order here!
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