Kingdom – Sepulchral Psalms from the Abyss of Torment

Rating: 3/5
Distributor/label: Godz Ov War
Released: 2016
Buy Album: http://godzovwar.com/shop/en/main/903-kingdom-sepulchral-psalms-from-the-abyss-of-torment-cd-pre-order-.html?search_query=kingdom&results=6
Band Website: https://godzovwarproductions.bandcamp.com/album/kingdom-sepulchral-psalms-from-the-abyss-of-torment

Band line-up:kingdom_cover

LWN – git,voc
SLW – drums
STH – bass

Tracklisting:

1.Sepulchlar Psalms
2.Monolith of Death
3.Forsaken Tribe
4.Kaplica Ducha Zgniłego
5.Abyss of Torment
6.Black Rain upon the Mountain of Doom
7.Whispering the Incantation of Eternal Fire
8.Cromlech

Review:

Kingdom has been around for about ten years, although I have to confess to not having heard their work before, which is a shame. Hailing from Poland, this is the third full-length album and is music to please those who like anything death/black in substance.

It opens with a cracking, industrial kinda intro to ‘Sepulchar Psalms’. There are all sorts of different hints of influence throughout the album, actually, which is quite refreshing. There are moments that are nothing short of catchy. It would be completely fair to say I quite like every single track, and for different reasons.

You get the odd hair-metal solo thrown in for good measure, but the lion’s share is dark and heavy stuff. They pay homage to Darkthrone, with a cover of ‘Cromlech’ at the end.

There’s a very distinctive sound here, with an interesting, loose style. Unfortunately, in places it’s just a bit too loose, verging on wooly, if not sloppy at times. It feels like it sounds a little unpractised. Altogether it is a good enough album, I just feel they’re a bit outclassed by many of their contemporaries.

Review by Bob Davidson
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