Monday, 22 May 2017

VOKONIS - The Sunken Djinn (Album Review)

Release date: June 09th 2017. Label: Ripple Music. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

The Sunken Djinn – Tracklisting

The Sunken Djinn
Calling From The Core
The Coldest Night
Blood Vortex
Architect Of Despair


Guitar & Vocals - Simon
Drums - Emil
Bass - Jonte


You can never keep a good band away and that is especially true for Swedish Doomsters - Vokonis - who are about to release their new second full length album on Ripple Music. The Sunken Djinn. Coming almost fifteen months after their celebrated debut album - Olde One Ascending. The Sunken Djinn is a better-rounded and doomier affair with the previous albums Stoner sounds giving way to a more psychedelic and sludgier groove. You can still hear that addictive Vokonis groove first heard on their debut album. The album has a more intense heavy metal feel with Vokonis taking influence from classic eighties sounding heavy metal artists at times.

Opening track - The Sunken Djinn - has recently been released as seven inch single which sold out in double quick time. Vokonis have a slight nautical feel to their music on this song with the music being merged with a deep nautical influence. The lyrics and vocals are superbly put together and they have a cool understated feel to them. Though it's the riffs and Simon's near pitch perfect vocals add a real sense of importance and urgency to the overall flow of the album.

The opening track sets the scene for the remainder of the album to follow with songs such as Calling From The Core, The Coldest Night, Blood Vortex and Architect Of Despair. The songs run between the four minute to six minute mark and this allows Vokonis to explore and experiment more with their more progressive sounds. Especially with the albums psychedelic sounds as it adds a more world weary feel to the album.

The production is handled superbly well and that is what you expect from a Ripple Records release. When have those guys ever released a bad sounding record. I can't think of any. The Sunken Djinn is a doom metal album in every sense of the term and this is an album that will no doubt send Vokonis onto greater things. Vokonis take influence from their musical heroes and you can hear familiar sounds but Vokonis still manage to create their own sound.

The band becomes permanent doom dwellers with the music nightmarish in scope. Sue the last song - Maelstrom - embraces a less enjoyable dronish aspect but that doesn't stop Vokonis becoming one of the best upcoming bands within the Doom Metal world. High praise. Maybe, but Vokonis have delivered the goods with this album. Fans of Black Sabbath, High On Fire and Mastodon will find much to admire and riff-worship here.

Vokonis have delivered not only of the year's best Doom Metal album but perhaps one of the best albums of the year.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Richard at Sheltered Life PR and Vokonis for the promo. The Sunken Djinn will be available to buy via Ripple Music from June 09th 2017 on CD/DD/Vinyl.