Monday, May 27, 2019

Illimitable Dolor

Illimitable Dolor
Leaden Light
Transcending Obscurity
20 March 2019
I first heard this band while on vacation. At the beach boys were running along with the waves while the little California girls were building sand castles, and the parents were taking in the sun, and I was absorbed in death doom while getting sunburned. I found out that this band is from Australia, according to Metal Archives, and this is their second album. They began in 2014, and in 2017 their debut album was out and now this is their 2019 album. I see on Metal Archives that they are in a bunch of other bands, but I’m not sure if I have heard any of them.
They play doom, a genre plagued by mediocrity. I cannot believe that you guys are loving just about any ole Jane and John getting together to drink beers and playing slow music with fat-belly screams over it?! Everyone and their cousin has nowadays formed a doom band and everyone else is raving about it. Well, the mediocre doom has been building up for oh I don’t know how long, but I keep thinking bad doom will never die but Illimitable Dolor shows up and makes me realize doom’s going to be ok. Illimitable Dolor says to doom fans, don’t worry, baby, everything will turn out alright.
Help, help me, Rhonda, help me get bad doom of out my life! After hearing so many mediocre doom bands, here is an excellent reminder how death doom is done right. A lot of doom is so average. It must be embarrassing for other doom bands to hear this album. Hey, maybe it’s a good thing for us if more doom bands hear this album! Maybe it will motivate them to stop wasting our time with their aimless alcohol-fueled jam sessions being passed off as “albums”? Maybe it will make more people realize how truly unskilled they are and make them finally stop being in bands? Wouldn’t it be nice if we were spared the bad doom, then we wouldn’t have to wait so long for bands to break up, and wouldn’t it be nice to live together in the kind of world where mediocre doom does not exist? You know it’s gonna make it that much better, when we say goodnight to bad doom and we can stay together with great doom. Oh, wouldn’t it be nice?
What a difference it makes when it is a full band and with all the instruments. The keyboards and the guitars work very well together to create real melodies that are inviting. Under those melodies the rhythms move and change the landscape. The lame obsession with playing slow and monotonous music is not found here. It is death doom, but melody, melancholy and songs are the rulers of this realm. Often this band makes the guitar practically sing the requiem, and that’s not easy to do. Top notch death doom of majesty and melancholy.

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