Somnus Throne – Somnus Throne

Rating: 3.5/5
Distributor/Label: Burning World Records
Released: 2020
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Band Website: Facebook

Band line-up:

Evan – guitar, vocals
Haley – bass
Luke – drums


01. Caliphate Obeisance
02. Sadomancer
03. Shadow Heathen
04. Receptor Antagonist
05. Aetheronaut – Permadose


Somnus Throne is a stoner doom band with members spread out across the Southern and Pacific regions of the USA. Their music is influenced by heavy metal legends Black Sabbath, and this is very evident on their self-titled debut record.

Intro track ‘Caliphate Obeisance’ sets the scene for the rest of the album with a sound bite, followed up by some mesmerising notes which sound very much like they could have come from another dimension. A skit during the opening thirty seconds of ‘Sadomancer’ hints at the occult, before making the listener fall under a trance-like state in its closing minutes with some hypnotic riffs, giving off a psychedelic vibe.

‘Shadow Heathen’ – arguably the strongest vocal performance on the release – hosts some catchy hooks and intelligible voices that add to the overall stoner vibe Somnus Throne offers throughout. The sound bites seem a little repetitive by the time ‘Receptor Antagonist’ arrives. However, this penultimate song is the most interesting where instrumentation is concerned, as it has the most twists and turns.

‘Aetheronaut – Permadose’ provides more vocal variety compared to its two predecessors, making it a memorable album closer. The skits are very successful here, used mid-song rather than being placed at the beginning, really helping to keep the attention of the listener on this fourteen-and-a-half minute piece.

Despite the four of the tracks clocking in at over 10 minutes each, they still manage to be engaging and eventful throughout. If you enjoy artists like Pentagram, High On Fire, and Sleep, there is a good chance that you will like these guys, too.

Review by Kira Levine