Saturday 28 April 2018

Craters - Laurentian Abyss (Album Review)

Release date: April 24th 2018. Label: Self Released. Format: CD/DD

Laurentian Abyss – Tracklisting

1.Laurentian Abyss 13:25
2.Batagaika 15:01


Rhythm Guitar: Brenden Gunn
Lead Guitar: Dave Morris
Bass and Synth: Anne Emberline
Drums: Aidan Adamson


Craters new album – Laurentian Abyss – is an instrumental Doom/Sludge Metal riff-fest that offers two epic songs that both run for 13 and 15 minutes respectively. Craters don’t fuck around with this release. As it’s constantly bleak and challenging from the start. The heavy post-doom sounds builds upto a gloomy apocalyptic feel. Though Craters don’t mind adding Ambient Post-Rock/Post-Metal sounds that offers brief moments of hope before returning to the more depressing post-doom/sludge metal world.

Opening track – Laurentian Abyss – sees Craters switch musical genres quite frequently. The song starts off very bleak before Craters opt for a more Ambient Post-Rock driven sound.. The dual guitars from Brenden and Dave are constantly engaging and threatening through the entire song. This allows Anne and Aidan on Bass and Drums respectively to create a dynamic rhythm section for Craters to thrive upon.

Second track – Batagaika – is the heaviest song on the album with Craters unleashing a more violent post-doom/post-metal sound compared to the first track. Anne’s bass playing is what stands out the most. As it’s quite central to Craters sound before the heavy guitars start making their presence known.

Truth be told when I received this promo I was expecting a record that sounded like a heavier version of Russian Circles and Pelican. Craters are a totally different band and I admire they released an album that has it’s own unique sound, soul and identity.

Overall, Laurentian Abyss is one of the more interesting Instrumental Doom/Sludge Metal albums I’ve heard in a long time. Check this record out for some top-notch hard-hitting instrumental Doom/Sludge Metal.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe