Raspail – Dirge (2016)

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Delivering one of the most sorrowful releases of 2016, today we have Italy’s Raspail and their crushing album “Dirge”. Perfectly amalgamating Doom, Post Metal, Black Metal and Shoegaze influences, the band manages to sound like a mix of Lantlôs, Desire, Skepticism with some Heretoir thrown into the mix. Not for the faint of heart, this release unleashes eight highly emotional compositions that will haunt your dreams.

The album starts with the dissonance of “The Wander”, a track that slowly evolves into an oppressive force thanks to the harsh vocals and demoralizing riffs. The band’s tempo changes are outstanding and one of the reasons this release is so powerful, as we can see on the monolithic “The Nymph’s Wood Hymn to the Rising Sun”. This nearly six-minute piece reminds us of bands like Desire and their knack for juxtaposing oppressive atmospherics and gut-wrenching vocals.

Taking things to a completely new level the harrowing “Vesevo”, and the chilling “Dirge” focus more on heavy atmospherics to completely damage the listeners psyche. Our personal favorites are the more mellow and Shoegazy “One Step More to the Void” and “Ver Sacrum”, more digestible pieces that are both brutal and very atmospheric. The closer “Et In Arcadio Ego” is the perfect Doom-gaze track that makes you just want to end all misery with its hypnotic tempo and dramatic vocals.

Overall, “Dirge” is one hell of a release filled with weeping guitars, tight drums and mournful vocals. The atmospheric brilliance of this release is something that many bands attempt but Raspail just crushes it and takes it to a whole new level. If you are looking for music that will haunt your dreams and delivers a wide mixture of elements perfectly blended together, look no further and get a copy of this exciting release.

Band: Raspail Album: Dirge

Label: Sick Man getting sick Records

Release: November 11th, 2016

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Genre: Doom / Black Metal / Shoegaze

Country: Italy

Rating: 96/100
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