God damn — this music rips. Denmark’s Bethmoora perform an absolutely pulverizing storm of sludgy doom metal (or doomy sludge metal, if you prefer). The band’s riffs feel staggeringly physically formidable, and the progressions feel grueling, like the heaving of some great beast who’s just arrived through a dimensional crack. The music carries a real sense of metaphysical grandiosity; the riffing feels so physically powerful that a sense of psychologically resonant, metaphorically cosmic power also shines through, like moving through physical turmoil into some kind of bliss.
Get an exclusive first listen below to Thresholds, Bethmoora’s searing new full-length record. The record officially drops on Nov. 27 via Sludgelord Records, Black Voodoo Records, and Minor Obscure. Sludgelord is handling digital and CD releases, and all three labels are making vinyl copies available.
Much of track one, called “And For Eternity They Will Devour His Flesh,” hinges on a (comparatively) restrained, mournful rhythm, with steady, monumentally powerful hits. When Bethmoora kick the song into a faster tempo in the brisk conclusion, the riffing feels even more startlingly powerful. The methodical blasts feel like banging on the doors of some heavenly sanctuary, demanding entrance. The drums hit with earth-rattling fervor, and each riff seems to shred that metaphorical boundary between dimensions a little further.
“Keeper,” which is track two, begins on a brisker note, but here and elsewhere, these quicker tempo sections carry monumental weight, as if sinking beneath the surface of the viciously menacing, caustic doom that’s elsewhere. This solemn avalanche of suffocating, slower tempo doom shines as the foundation of the record; “Lamentation,” which closes the record and feels aptly titled, largely centers on this slower tempo — and the track clocks in at 11 minutes, so there’s plenty of time to simmer in the malaise.
Through ample feedback and the persistent gruel underlying the entirety of the music, Thresholds feels quite immersive, like stepping into a fully formed alternate universe once reaching the music’s crescendos. Bethmoora’s expansive and incinerating doom feels fiery and apocalyptic in scope, like capturing what getting suddenly swamped by flaming hailstorms might feel like, and the journey feels breathtaking.
Pre-order Thresholds at this link.