I admit that I’ve never been an admirer of fully instrumental albums, since I was younger and my listenings preferred a genre like progressive music that lent itself much more than others to similar solutions; in fact, at the time my benevolence was limited basically to the works of the Mahavishnu Orchestra, but there they reached stellar technical and compositional levels so that the voice wasn’t really needed. Returning to doom, it’s not surprising that in a genre that by its very nature has little rhythmic support and is not suited to technical flourishes and virtuosity, noteworthy albums without vocal contributions are a rarity. I am therefore very pleased to include among these the latest release of Bloodyclerks, a Spanish band that began its activity in the last century, releasing so far only two full lengths, Nocturna in 2002 and No Sun After The Storm in 2010: the first I have not had a chance to find it while the second I can say with reasonable certainty that, in addition to providing for the use of vocals in most of the songs, the sound was much more heterogeneous and oblique in its taking cues from several genres, making it all interesting but also rather dispersive. It can be deduced, however, that the musicians at work, although not very prolific, are certainly experts and good connoisseurs of the subject: all this flows into Doldrums Combustion, a splendid work for the continuity with which the Alicante group is able to propose poignant melodic solutions covering them with the heavy rhythm of doom, without disdaining some natural progressive nuances and avoiding any principle of boredom during the listening. Thanks to an instrumental work that prefers the search for emotion rather than mere technicality, putting the depth of the compositions before any other aspect. Doldrums Combustion is almost seventy minutes long, distributed along eight tracks of homogeneous length but, despite this, when you get to the last note of Another World Dreams the only feeling that remains is to start listening again because the lack of singing parts in the end you don’t even notice. As far as I’m concerned, this is one of the surprises of the year, even if such a definition may sound strange if you think about when the path of this excellent Iberian musical reality started.
2021 – Independent