Posted in metal | music on October 13, 2011

by BBG

Mournful Congregation

There's no tougher sell to a non-metalhead than to make them understand that the entire genre isn't about out-evil-ing, out-drinking or out-riffing the next guy. Granted there is a definite place for that in metal, but there are also bands whose goal is to score the dark underbelly of human emotion with reverence and solemnity.

Australia's Mourful Congregation is one of those bands and they craft some of the most emotional of all funeral doom, delving deep into the chasm of depression with unparalleled melodicism. There is a blackened grace to their compositions, which is why they are usually mentioned in the same breath as funeral doom favorites like Skepticism, Ahab, Evoken, and Worship.

In addition to represses of the The Monad of Creation LP and Weeping / An Epic Dream of Desire demos on LP, Mournful Congregation are welcoming TWO new LPs this fall and both with 20 Buck Spin. The first, entitled The Unspoken Hymns, compiles previously released tracks from vinyl releases alongside early renditions of album tracks. The second is Mournful Congregation's new studio LP The Book Of Kings via the label on 11/8. Stream the lead track "II. The Waterless Streams" for the first time below.

Also streaming below is the new rarities LP, and new releases from Alaric (mem Noothgrush), Brainoil, Vastum, and more . Look for Mournful Congregation on the West Coast this fall touring their way to Rites of Darkness.

Mournful Congregation - II. The Waterless Streams

11/30/2011 Highline Bar - Seattle, WA w/ Samothrace
12/01/2011 Plan B - Portland, OR w/ Merkstave
12/02/2011 Jumbalaya's - Arcata, CA w/ Ash Borer
12/03/2011 The Metro - Oakland, CA w/ Brainoil, Laudanum, Lycus
12/04/2011 TBA - San Francisco, CA w/ Vastum
12/05/2011 TBA - Los Angeles, CA
12/06/2011 The Rouge - Scottsdale, AZ w/ Rituals
12/07/2011 Larry O's Lounge - El Paso, TX w/ Impetuous Ritual, Grave Upheaval, Ritual Necromancy, Obeisance
12/08-11/2011 Rites of Darkness Festival - San Antonio, TX



Comments (4)

How about a post about Armored Saint playing The Studio at Webster Hall on December 3rd? I just googled Armored Saint yesterday to see if they were up to anything new only to find out that they are playing here in less than 2 months. That's news worthy of posting.

Posted by BK | October 13, 2011 4:04 PM

*Speculation about Biden-Hillary swap annoys White House...
* CLINTON: Not 'in the realm of possibility'...

i would love to see this happen. i really think it's the only way that obama can hold on in '12.

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 4:16 PM

Marco Rubio 'the Michael Jordan of Republican politics'...

RASMUSSEN POLL: Cain 29% Romney 29% Gingrich 10%...

Haley Barbour: Cain sweeps South...

Posted by Anonymous | October 13, 2011 4:54 PM

Mourful Constipation is what Rubio and Paul Ryan have in the brain.

Posted by Anonymous | October 14, 2011 1:35 AM

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