Earlier this year, we saw the vinyl repress of The Three Appearances by the Italian death-doom group Assumption, and it is a monster of a record. From the lyrics, to song composition, to the instrumentation, everything works together to tell a story and each track pulls the listener deeper into the world of Assumption. Boasting slow tempos for most of its runtime, we are shown some of the best that this genre has to offer. The vision for The Three Appearances seems to be a mystical exploration of the stages of the death process as stated by the band. The dissolution into the primal elements, and the dissolution of consciousness into either bliss or darkness as our mortal bodies rot.
The lyrics are fantastic and well worth reading, not only as individual pieces of art but also as food for the soul. The guitars succeed in achieving an extremely dark and sinister atmosphere. Playing and composing at the slower tempos of this genre can be challenging, yet there seems to be no shortage of varying riff ideas as they are always attention-grabbing. A skilled drummer in death-doom is very important as groove, rhythm and fills propel the songs forward instead of feeling stagnant and too simplistic, and a skilled drummer they have. The title track stands out among the four-track offering, and we see keyboards mixed in with the trudging, oppressive instrumentation bouncing between hellish soundscapes and ethereal, haunting melodies. This is a must-have for fans of the genre and stands tall even 6 years later.
Release date: February 14, 2020
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