Saturday 22 June 2019

Burning Gloom - Amygdala (Album Review)

Release date: June 14th 2019. Label: Argonauta Records. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Amygdala – Tracklisting

1.The Tower I 02:48
2.The Tower II 04:25
3.Eremite 06:57
4.Modern Prometheus 06:44
5.Nightmares feat. Mona Miluski (High Fighter) 06:02
6.Warden 07:49
7.Beyond the Wall 05:44
8.Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 08:15


voice: Laura Mancini
Guitar: Marco Bertucci
Bass Guitar: Giovanni Mastrapasqua
Drum: Marcello Modica


Burning Gloom used to be known as MY HOME OH TREES in their previous life. The band have changed their name and returned with a slightly heavier sound and a more progressive Doom based sound. Their new album Amygdala is a weird and intoxicating mix of Doom Metal, Psych, Stoner Metal and Blues Rock. There were elements of these genres heard on their previous albums. However, they weren’t as powerful as they are on Burning Gloom.

Amygdala is all about soulful grooves and gloomy atmospheres which allows the band to move from one trippy level to the next. One of the first things that standout is Laura’s lead vocals which are influenced by the legendary vocalists of the 60s/70s Classic Hard Rock Scene. However, there is something troubling and slightly demonic hiding behind Laura’s cool sounding vocals that surprised myself in a huge way. As Laura starts singing a more harsher and violent style of vocals especially on the second song – The Tower II.

The first two songs – The Tower I and The Tower II – are your standard Blues inspired Doom/Stoner Rock song with the band laying down the groundwork for the rest of the album to follow. It’s a hazy mix of different sounds but Burning Gloom wisely start adding strands of Doom Metal to show their true heavy metal credentials.

The album fully comes alive with epic third song – Eremite – as Burning Gloom leave the Blues Rock world behind and play a highly atmospheric style of Psychedelic Doom Metal. If you ever wondered what Fleetwood Mac would sound like jamming with Black Sabbath then this song is your best possible answer. It may seem a strange combination however Burning Gloom make this work and that’s down to the punishing riffs and fantastic sounding vocals from Laura yet again. The song never feels forced and has quite a grounded reality feel to it.

Fourth song – Modern Prometheus – is one of the weakest songs on the album. It’s still a good song just not as great as the other songs on the album. As the song doesn’t sound as good and some of the creative decisions don’t work as well as they should.

Fifth song – Nightmares – sees the band return to winning ways and they have one of my dearest friends from the Sludge/Stoner Metal scene providing guest vocals on this song. Step forward Mona Miluski of High Fighter fame. This song has a more delicate sounding classic “Grunge” sound merged with nightmarish vocals from Mona. Laura once again excels on lead vocals with Mona offering a more devilish style of vocals. The music is a mixture of 90s sounding Doom, Stoner Metal, Psych and Grunge. Perhaps one of the standout songs on the album.

The final 3 songs on the album – Warden, Beyond The Wall and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder carries on the wonderful and weird sounding Doom/Sludge/Psych/Stoner Metal riffs for over 20 minutes and the band impress for the majority of the songs with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder being the main highlight of the final 3 songs.

The production is great for the most part. There’s a few moments where the guitars aren’t as clear as they should be. However, Burning Gloom should be mighty proud of this album. As it’s an exciting chapter and a mighty step forward for band not only musically but also on a creative level.

Amygdala is a stunning record and one that deserves to be heard by the biggest audience possible.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to Mona at All Noir PR for the promo. Amygdala is available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Argonauta Records now.


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