Friday 22 March 2013

Archon - Ouroboros Collapsing (Album Review)

Album Type : Full Length
Date Released : 19/2/2013
Label : The Path Less Travelled

Ouroboros Collapsing, album track listing:
1) Worthless 15:02
2) Desert Throne 8:59
3) God's Eye 9:40
4) Masks 13:36


Archon is a New York City based metal band whose sound blends the heaviest of psych, stoner, doom and sludge. Created in 2008 by Andrew Jude, Archon has persisted through several lineup changes. In 2010, the band self-produced its first full length record, The Ruins at Dusk.

Ouroboros Collapsing, their second album, will be released on February 19, 2013 on The Path Less Travelled Records

Line up
Andrew Jude - Guitar, Bass Guitar
Chris Dialogue - Vocals, Noise/FX
Nikhil Kamineni - Guitar
Rachel Brown - Vocals, Keys
Rajah Marcelo - Drums

This is haunting. Seriously, it's quite ethereal; traditional doom in its purest form - all melancholy, yet strangely uplifting for those of a certain mindset. I am apparently of that mindset.
Archon has unleashed upon us their new album, 'Ouroboros Collapsing'. The Ouroboros is traditionally a depiction of either a dragon or a serpent eating its own tail. Surely that's self defeating?
Well, yes and no. It represents continuation, and that's just what Archon are doing - continuing the themes, motifs and sounds laid out by their forefathers. And quite effectively too. But the collapsing part may explain the underlying tone on this LP of the world falling apart.
'Worthless' is fifteen minutes of just pure doom. Great choral sections, angelic female vocals and eerie guitars. Real funeral music for real doom fiends. Bleak yet enchanting, it crawls along at a snail's pace that you're never anything but truly thankful to receive. Echoing drone riffs pierce through the sweet veil soon enough and turn to filthy grimness, like a coffin descending into the earth for eternal slumber. The skins are pounded like the nails were into the box. All is well, and all is final. Impressive.
'Desert Throne' is even more crushing. A more savage affair, it quickly becomes all about the rage. The riffs are more discordant, and so is the vibe it emits.
But I'm particularly impressed with 'Masks'. This album closer has its beginnings buried within pure feedback, like the track is trapped underwater on a lake bed trying to escape. It's a great effect too, one that builds nicely and piques your interest. But then BOOM: it explodes, all horrible noise and mentally torturous vocals. It then proceeds to drag itself forward at lethargic pace. It gets so slow in the middle you'll think it's died. You'll want to poke it with a stick, because you're too afraid to touch it with your bare hands. Powerful stuff.
As a continuation of the genre, Archon are succeeding nicely. Quality writing and quality composition yield quality results. A must for all of you who are 'true' doom fans. Join the procession, and you will not be disappointed.
Words by : Matt Fitton
As always show your support to the band. You can buy the CD/DD here. Thanks to The Path Less Travelled for hooking us up with the record.