Dautha’s debut album ‘Brethren of the Black Soil’ sees the band convert the rich lore and history of Medieval and Antique Europe into their own take on Epic Folk/Doom Metal. It will be released on March 16th 2018 via Ván Records.
The booming chug of the guitars & cursed vocal style that switches between lighter melody & soaring highs gets this debut off to a solid start. Hodie Mihi, Cras Tibi is an broad & creative take on classic doom, one that isn’t constrained by the genre. Instead embracing the heaviness & bleakness but lightening the load with some stunning moments of airy beauty.
A psalm-esque section sung in Swedish with lyrics borrowed from the German poet Andreas Gryphius (1616-1664) is focal point. Ensuring the title track, coming in at nearly 15 minutes is just as memorable.
A booming Maximinus Thrax is followed by the folksy melody intro of The Children’s Crusade, a track that proves to be the real star of the album. The epic feel mixed with soul-searching doom is gripping & the group vocal moments is hair-raising stuff.
It’s a tough ask for In Between Two Floods to follow that but the soaring melody & subtle doomier edge ensures another memorable experience before Bogbodies ends things in spectacular fashion.
Delivering a darkened & gothic tone, this is a finale that is all about heaviness played at a slow, drifting pace. You can picture the walk through the murky bogs, mists swirling around the bodies that lie under the dirty water, calling for you to join them.
A finish that leaves you feeling cold but so impressed.
Dautha – Brethren of the Black Soil Full Track Listing:
1. Hodie Mihi, Cras Tibi
2. Brethren Of The Black Soil
3. Maximinus Thrax
4. The Children’s Crusade
5. In Between Two Floods
Dautha - Brethren Of The Black Soil (Ván Records)
- The Final Score - 9/109/10