Illimitable Dolor – Leaden Light

When Illimitable Dolor appeared on the scene about two years ago, despite the intrinsic value of their beautiful debut album, there was the feeling that they could be just an extemporary side project of The Slow Death, the band that provided most of the line-up, also because of the reasons behind their formation, namely the homage to the vocalist of that band for years, Greg Williamson, who passed away in 2014. In fact, the release of several singles and the split album with Promethean Misery have kept the band well active, so that this new Leaden Light does not come unexpectedly but is still a pleasant surprise. In fact, the atmospheric death doom of Illimitable Dolor finds here its ideal sublimation, thanks to a songwriting that in every fragment is aimed to evoke poignant emotions, putting the melodic aspect before any other stylistic nuance. The result is fifty minutes during which the genre is offered at its highest level, often bordering on funeral at a rhythmic level and always keeping the emotional tension at its maximum. Leaden Light, after all, proves that to write a great doom album you don’t need to make Pindaric flights, but it’s enough to channel the inspiration within a well defined structure that doesn’t leave room for digressions, aimed to wrap the listener in a cloak of melancholy that in the long run becomes a comfortable landing place. Illimitable Dolor, who today add keyboardist Guy Moore to the trio of founders Stuart Prickett (guitar and vocals), Yonn McLaughlin (drums and vocals) and Dan Garcia (bass), take the best of the European and American bands dedicated to the genre, add the necessary dose of leaden drama of their fellow countrymen Mournful Congregaton and from all this come out five wonderful songs, moving and lulling, among which stand out the opener Armed He Brings The Dawn, the longest track of the work, with which the Australians wrap the listener in their coils in an irremediable way and then emotionally annihilate him with the masterpiece Horses Pale And Four, simply one of the best demonstrations of atmospheric funeral death doom heard in recent times. Leaden Light is yet another great album that the genre is offering in this period and, of course, those who love such sounds can not help but rejoice especially when proposals of this level do not come from the most famous and established names in the scene, but from relatively new and certainly lesser known bands: the certainty that these sounds will be our comforting refuge in the years to come, is one of the few that remain to us these days, so let’s hold on tight.

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