Written by: Blackie Skulless
After the Finnish doom act Church Of Void disbanded, some of the members would break off and form Fimir. Tomb Of God is their first full-length, dropping earlier this year. Similar in style to the disbanded group, they stick to the traditional doom complex that feels very tight for the genre. Modern production over familiar riffing styles and small nuances make this a pretty pleasant listen.
Comprising of six songs on the longer side of things, Tomb Of God manages to fill them with solid build-up and gradual shift. It also avoids any and all “epic” doom tactics as well as steering clear from fuzzy, obnoxiously distorted stoner tones. As the record progresses, the groovier hooks lean more and more onto the heavier side. Density and threatening auras cloud the rhythm sections, causing the end of the record to reach peak heaviness. “Mausoleum Craft - Tomb of God pt.3” has an intro that could heat up a whole room.
A lot of this is helped by the large amount of bass utilization. Naturally, this adds plenty of weight, showing significantly on “Obsidian Giant.” The amount of focus it has for this style is impressive. Vocally, things mostly stick to a cleaner baritone delivery, similar to Chris Latta of Lavaborne. Paired with that, they also lay on the occasional shriek (in a non-black metal way) which very much reminded me of Sacred Monster. So if nothing else, this gives it a bit of its own identity.
Anyone who likes their Sabbath-y riffs to be void of unnecessary fuzz or over-the-top extras will probably find something to take away here. Though it isn’t anything groundbreaking, I appreciate how well the band does this style. The small unique characteristics make it worthwhile on its own.
Fimir - Tomb of God was released July 30th, 2021 via Argonauta Records. Find it on bandcamp here!
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