Title: The Incubus of Karma
Label: Osmose Productions
Release Date: 23 March 2018
Close your eyes. It’s a dark grey day. It’s raining. You can hear the rain. Falling, Touching the lonely autumn leaves, and drowning into the muddy soil. Silence. Loneliness. Sorrow. Pain. The casket goes down. Tears. Now comes Mournful Congregation and the bleeding wound at heart they open with their music. A macrocosmic doom for microcosmic beings. Heavy, slowly, drawing immense pictures of melancholy and sheer grief. This is Incubus of Karma – the fourth full-length allbum in the 25 years-career of these masters of the funeral doom. The album comes seven years after their last massive full-lenght The Book of Kings, as well as four years after the EP Concrescence of Sophia. It’s like the time runs and prolongues respectively to the art of the band – processing slowly and mournfully through the narrow alleys of the lonely cemetery.
With six tracks in The Incubus Of Karma, or 1 hour and 20 minutes of total running time, the Aussies deliver attention to detail, doom, gloom, dissonance and fantastic progressive melodies with guttural vocals. On top there are beautiful dreamy acoustic passages. The solos in the tracks are really impressive too, adding another tone of long despair to enjoy. Monolithic, Incubus of Karma grows into one grandeur dimension in its whole playthrough. It adds moods, visions and landscapes, creating a overal experience of unbearable solitude and sorrow. At the end it is really A Picture Of Devouring Gloom Devouring The Spheres Of Being. A masterpice. Now close your eyes again and let the tears flow... 9.5/10 By Count Vlad