I could throw in some random anecdote here about the history of the Finnish metal scene, but I´d rather just mention that so far this decade Finland has shown new strength with a wave of great psychedelic influenced metal bands and the new full-length from Domovoyd is further proof that the Finns knows how to make trippy metal.
This record caught my attention straight away. I pressed play and dark, dissonant strings and weird percussive sounds creates a weird, dark atmosphere fit for a sleeping beast. And what a beast the 17-minute opener ‘Domovoyage’ is! Aptly titled, the song feels like a I’m on a voyage through some very disturbed landscapes headed for an unknown destination.
After a couple of minutes with the aforementioned moody strings, things start to take more form. Drums and bass keep things grounded as they slowly build up a wall of sound that intensifies as the guitars get more distorted and lead guitar screams more and more through its heavy use of wah-wah effect. As the tempo picks up and the vocals join in I’m totally immersed in the song and it certainly does not feel as long as it really is.
Not everyone would open an album with such a long song, but Domovoyd definitely made the right choice with this one. The start of follow-up track ‘Ambrosian Perfume’ gives me more a feeling of experimental post-punk bands of the eighties. It starts off with a simple beat and bass-line and the guitars are used more for layering and effects than melody, the vocals are monotonous half-spoken and somewhat reminiscent of the early works of Mark E.Smith of The Fall.
The album is tight-knit, and from the massive 17-minute opener to the just as epic monstrosity of closing track ‘Vivid Insanity’ clocking in at nearly 18 minutes, Domovoyd shift from crushingly heavy, experimental garage rock, to ritualistic ambience and they do it effortlessly.
Sure, there are elements of stoner doom bands like Sleep or Electric Wizard, or the more psyched-out era Hawkwind and so on. But Domovoyd shows that they are their own beast, and I highly recommend this album to anyone with a hunger for heavy, groovy, atmospheric and experimental metal/rock. Definitely a top 10 so far this year.