BURNING GLOOM – Amygdala

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/label: https://www.argonautarecords.com
Released: 2019
Buy Album: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Amygdala-Burning-Gloom/dp/B07SNNPTSN/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=BURNING+GLOOM+–+Amygdala&qid=1559925048&s=gateway&sr=8-1
Band Website: https://www.facebook.com/burninggloom

Band line-up:

Laura Mancini – Vocals
Marco Bertucci – Guitar
Marcello Modica – Drums
Giovanni Mastrapasqua – Bass

Tracklisting:

1. The Tower I
2. The Tower II
3. Eremite
4. Modern Prometheus
5. Nightmares (feat. Mona Miluski of High Fighter)
6. Warden
7. Beyond The Wall
8. Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Review:

Burning Gloom are a sludge/doom metal band from Milano, Italy. They started in 2011 and released their first self-produced EP in 2012. After that, the group played many shows in their home country. They signed with Heavy Psych Sounds in 2015, who released their critically acclaimed debut album ‘How I Reached Home’. Following that, the band toured Europe on several occasions and shared stages with Church of Misery and others. After three years of working on new songs, they recorded their latest effort ‘Amygdala’ in 2018, and it will be released on 14th June this year through Argonauta Records.

This music is perfectly fine for creating a chilled out atmosphere, but when it comes to riffs and vocal melodies, it isn’t really anything special. The guitars are mostly in the muddy style of Ozzy Osbourne era Black Sabbath, but are lacking in Tony Iommi’s creativity. Certainly don’t expect any ‘Iron Mans’, ‘Into the Voids’ or ‘Sabbath Bloody Sabbaths’. Think more along the lines of a moderately skilled guitarist experimenting with downtuned power chords, typical minor/blues scales and some chromaticisms and not pushing any real boundaries in the murky metal genre. 

A mixture of clean and distorted tones do add some interest, but the whilst the former are serene, hypnotic and even somewhat reminiscent of later Tool, you won’t get anything too unusual in terms of note choices there, either. This band aren’t Unholy. On the other hand, not everything has to be crazy prog or avant-garde weirdness right? So who really cares? On the plus side, the singer’s delivery is neither boring nor annoyingly over-the-top and theatrical in the way many doom singers are, and she could be compared to Ozzy in that respect. But a female version, which in itself is rather unusual (in a good way).

In conclusion this stuff isn’t bad, but it is lacking in variety and strong hooks. Track ‘Burning Gloom’ is very much in the style of Candlemass instrumentally, just simplified, so expect a bit of genre recycling, too. The well judged attitude of the vocalist is a strength but again, her melodies don’t seem to stick in the mind too much. The album on the whole is great for driving or partying to because it is genuinely cool in a dark way, but when listened to whilst alone in one’s room it is a tiny bit dull. This album is worth getting, just be warned. 

Review by Simon Wiedemann

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