Aphonic Threnody – The Great Hatred

If it is true, as they say, that the third album represents a sort of watershed in the career of every band, it can be said that the London-based band founded at the beginning of the decade by Riccardo Veronese and Roberto Mura deservedly enters the Olympus of funeral death doom. Compared to the past, if the element of continuity is the constant presence of Veronese as guitarist, it should be noted that this is the first work of Aphonic Threnody that does not involve the Italian vocalist and co-founder, replaced in the role (and not only) by Juan Escobar, Chilean musician that doom fans will know for his past in the great Mar De Grises and for his solo project Astorvoltaires. Having followed the career of Aphonic Threnody since their beginnings, it was not difficult to notice a progressive but constant shift from a funeral, never too claustrophobic, to a death doom more airy and full of magnificent melodic solutions. The interpretation of Escobar, who also takes care of keyboards, bass and guitar, turns out to be excellent, both when he opts for the more canonical growl and when he offers several flashes of clean voice, while Veronese fills the songs with guitar passages of great value and elegance. The emphasis placed on the melodic aspect of the work should not forget that Aphonic Threnody are still belonging to the area of extreme doom, so the heaviness of the sound is guaranteed, as it happens masterfully in the title track, which also becomes the song in which it opens the greater sound gap between the approach to death and the purely atmospheric. If the previous Locura and Interrogation were in their own way admirable examples of amalgamation of the two souls of the sound, the next Drowning is proposed as an ideal key to understanding what represents this band in 2020: poignant guitar lines intersect with a riffing of almost classic doom matrix, continuing to be overpowered by a merciless growl alternating with quieter and more reflective moments, obtaining an overall result for which it is difficult to find a precise term of comparison, since the influences that flow into the sound are many and moreover reworked and made fresh by talented and experienced musicians. There is still time for another twenty intense minutes, with the magnificent and sorrowful The Rise Of Phoenix and the more grim and emotionally rich The Fall, a worthy closure to almost an hour of great music, ideal nourishment for those who are looking for robust sounds and at the same time melancholic and enveloping.

2020 – Transcending Obscurity Records