It had been several years since we lost track of the interesting Australian band Futility, who are dedicated to a well-made death doom, in the tradition of the genre. Thirteen years after their first self-titled full length and nine years after their second one, The View From Here, the band led by bassist and vocalist Brendan De Boer and guitarist Kurt Neist is back with Anhedonic, a work that keeps its sound firmly rooted in the early nineties, when the main road of the genre was paved by Anathema and My Dying Bride. These two seminal bands seem to serve as a reference point at the compositional level, and this is not just a natural sensation but is supported by objective facts such as, for example, the wise and poignant use of the violin in A Visceral Melancholia and the cover of Sleepless, the lead track of the Cavanagh brothers’ debut album. Obviously in the whole thing flows a not inconsiderable tradition of Australian extreme doom, if we consider that it gave birth to the most faithful and effective disciples of Stainthorpe and associates (Cryptal Darkness), to one of the most important funeral bands in history (Mournful Congregation) as well as to one of the most effective current interpretations of melodic death doom found under the voice The Slow Death / Illimitable Dolor; by the way, it is from the latter that second guitarist Matthew Newton comes, while the quartet is completed by an experienced drummer like Dan Nahum. With all the pieces in place, Futility offer about forty pieces of convincing music, effective in the most melancholic moments but anything but deficient when the hands of the speedometer spurt upwards, going to revive with competence the death matrix outbursts that certainly were not lacking in the first albums of the mentioned British masters.

2021 – Independent