Aug 5, 2018

Runemagick (2018) Evoked from Abysmal Sleep 'Review'

Band: Runemagick
Country of Origin: Sweden
Genre: Death / Doom metal
Type: Full Length (Ltd. Edition)
Format: Digital 320 kbps
Length Approx.: 52:00 min.
Release Date07-20-2018
Release Label: Aftermath Music

IR Classification: Excellent (4.8 / 5)

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Dark and gloomy feel with good harmonies.

What do we have here? nothing more and nothing less than the new album of the macabre masters, the gods of darkness, the demigods of doom metal and endless adjectives to describe them; I'm talking about Runemagick one of the most underrated bands of all times, but I'm sure they don't care about that, because they know who they are and what they are capable of. Over a decade of inactivity, it was enough time to worry about the band status for their horde of followers around the world, but time brings up good things to those who wait for them and this time comes in different shapes, cd, tape, vinyl, digital, whatever you pick "Evoked from Abysmal Sleep" will take you directly to hell.

Runemagick still formed by Nicklas Rudolfsson as vocalist and guitarist, Emma Rudolfsson plays the bass guitar and Daniel Moilanen sits behind the drums, I will dare to say Runemagick is a cult band, twenty-eight years in the underground, several demos, three EP's and twelve albums so far, all of them crafted with a solid consistence, might be one of the few bands that remain authentic as Incantation, Cianide and Asphyx just to mention some of them.

The arrival of "Evoked from Abysmal Sleep" is ruthless, with their grievous doomy style, to tear down all those fake exponents and claim back what belongs to them, every song included in this album spurns the current mainstream of nowadays and evolves with simplicity quite effortlessly, but filled with great intensity, piercing guitar riffs reverberate almost hypnotically, to sink you into a cathartic state, despite all I can say about this brilliant album, it's difficult to pick a single track that represents everything I would like to express, the opening song "After the End They Rise Again" is heavy, then "Evoked from Abysmal Sleep" is crushing, "Runes of the Dead" sounds restlessly oppressing and what can you say about "A Rising Fume of Returning Death"? it embraces a bitter loneliness, "An Anthem of Olden Magic" sounds evil filled with rage and comes to be the fastest paced track of the album, "Tomb to Womb" it is terrible and deliberately heartbreaking.

So far, I don't think 2018 has seen an album like this within the genre of Death Doom metal, a full discharge of the soul and guts to converge into a dark and gloomy feel with good harmonies that rave in solitude, an excellent album from an excellent band, Runemagick is back and ready to spread their disturbing sound.

Stay True... Stay Metal... Stay Brutal...

Track List:

01. After the End They Rise Again
02. Evoked from Abysmal Sleep
03. Runes of the Undead
04. A Rising Fume of Returning Death
05. The Mirror of Darkness*
06. Wisdom Keepers Resurrected
07. An Anthem of Olden Magic
08. Spirits From the Dark Shadows*
09. Tomb to Womb
10. A Shining Spirit from Beyond

(*) Bonus track

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