Friday 15 September 2017

FOR THOSE ABOOT TO ROCK: Riffs of Canada introducing Völur (Toronto, Ontario)

By: Mark Tremblay

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 02/06/2017
Label: Prophecy Productions

“Ancestors” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1). Breaker of Silence
2). Breaker of Skulls
3). Breaker of Oaths
4). Breaker of Famine

The Review:

Völur are a doom 3 piece from Toronto, Ontario whose approach to doom is stripped down and re-imagined. Gone are the redundancy's of guitar riff worship, and what you are left with is a completely refreshing approach to the sub-genre. Utilizing violin, bass, and drums, Völur capture a primal form of Doom Metal for a modern audience.

“Ancestors” is an emotional journey from front to back. The album is broken into 4 movements; “Breaker of Silence”, “Breaker of Skulls”, “Breaker of Oaths”, and “Breaker of Famine”. The absence of guitar on this record opens up an entire world of tortured violin feedback and noise; filling in a much more textured experience. The addition of chamber vocals also helps the band achieve “heavy” and is what truly separates this band and their record from the rest of the pack. Let “Ancestors” consume you, in what is likely the most refreshing and sophisticated doom records of the year.

“Ancestors” is available here

Band info: bandcamp || facebook