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Graveyard Of Souls : Infinitum Nihil

A heavy, catchy, melodic and Metal-infused sophomore from Spain's Graveyard Of Souls.

A darkened sky full of grey clouds and blackbirds. A scattering of old dead trees in the distance. A vast landscape of open, unmarked graves. These images haunt the cover of Graveyard Of Souls’ sophomore release, Infinitum Nihil. Inside the booklet, you'll find lyrics printed atop old etchings from the Middle Ages. This artwork aides to inspire feelings common to the Doom genre: desolation, despair and hopelessness. This is a place where only sorrow lives. It's a good thing this two-piece collaboration from Spain provide a fitting soundtrack for such tragic scenery.

Graveyard Of Souls classifies themselves as Doom/Death. When it comes to Death/Doom versus Doom/Death, I'm not entirely sure what the difference is (or if there even is one). It makes sense that the first genre listed would be the dominant sound with a heavy influence from the second. Swallow The Sun, Daylight Dies and November’s Doom each seem to have melodic Death Metal elements in the forefront with Doom as the backbone. Whereas, bands like Hooded Menace, early Anathema and the now defunct Morgion tend to borrow styles from the classic, more traditional Doom sound and amp it up with some Death Metal flavors. Whether this idea holds any weight or not, is yet to be determined. From my research, there appears to be two camps; one that believes there is no difference and it's simply a matter of preference, while the other holds to the aforementioned notion that the order of genres is specific to the style being played. Regardless of which side you choose to align with, Graveyard Of Souls are a perfect example of the latter cross-genre; Doom/Death.

The band plays slow, heavy Doom layered with familiar gothic keyboard textures accentuated with a growling vocal style vaguely reminiscent of Death Metal. In addition to displaying a strong sense of traditional influence they also give a nod to their Epic Doom brethren. The album has a dirty, raw feel to it, but is also quite catchy. Old school heavy metal is also quite abundant; complete with guitar squeals, rocking drumbeats and the occasional solo.

The album opens with an acoustic folk piece alongside some atmospheric synth, bringing to mind early Ulver or In The Woods…. Track 4, ‘Mirrors Of Pain’ has an almost - dare I say it – Groove Metal feel with its start-stop intro riff. As terrifying as that might sound to some, I can assure you it's done tastefully and fits the overall esthetic of the song. Typical pretty female vocals show up on a couple songs as well to add yet another layer of sorrow.

Infinitum Nihil is one of those rare albums that takes awhile to grow on you. But once it does, you'll have a hard time listening to much else. The riffs are extremely memorable and will stay with you long after the album ends. So, the next time you're wandering through a cemetery late at night and come across an open grave, climb in, kick back, put on your headphones and let Graveyard Of Souls take you on a journey into infinite nothingness.

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Reviewer's rating: 8/10


Tracklist :
1. Nada Es Eterno
2. Poison In The Mouth Of God
3. My New World
4. Mirrors Of Pain
5. Masticatione Mortuorum
6. Poisoned Air Theory
7. Infinitum Nihil

Duration : Approx. 67 minutes

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Reviewed on 2015-12-28 by Chris Hood
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