Title: Scars Across
Label: Everlasting Spew Records
Style: Doom Death Metal
Duo from the capital of Finland, Helsinki, made of members from Desolate Shrine and Dark Buddha Rising, well known names for followers of the underground Doom movement, Convocation presents itself to the audience with a debut album made of only 4 tracks but with a total duration of 50 minutes, quite normal for Doom, right? We're dealing here with an oppressive, depressive form of Doom Death with Funeral Doom influence trail that somehow portrayed itself in my mind as a mortuary carriage dragged by lazy horses, in the night, on a Summer storm (probably because it rains outside at the moment and I can hear the thunders from time to time). Grief, despair, melancholy, even hope at times are all emotions you'll feel here, and spined for a few times the album will reveal more and more interesting elements beside the generic rhythms and trades of Doom Death Metal, namely '70's inspired background keys, DSBM like desperate screams here and there, some very cool clean vocals choirs, some Traditional Doom Metal riffs, and some leads that took my mind to the '90's Doom Death. An interesting debut that reminds of Hooded Menace the most, eventhough it is far from being a copycat.
Reviewed by Adrian