Conjurer-Pathos album review and interview. FFO: Emotive, aggressive and deep death/doom/sludge/post metal.
Conjurer-Pathos album review and interview. FFO: Emotive, aggressive and deep death/doom/sludge/post-metal.
Let's cut the bullshit, this album is easily one of the year's best. And the fantastic thought or revelation is that this is only their second album. Mire was their debut and it still is a classic, but here they take a tremendous formula and let it breathe somewhat, the clean vocals are again on some tracks, but the space is bigger and the sound way huger. The more expansive and varied genres covered here are well represented and pretty much cover most genres of metal, except maybe symphonic or grindcore metal. Certain parts have the gloom of both black and doom metal, with the hectic hammer smashing of death metal, whilst constant wig-outs of sludge/post-metal and almost mathcore. Not one style dominates, however, the key is everything drips in emotion in a rigidly pummelling way. You feel exhausted by the aggressive and inherent sadness of this grim classic. And that is a refreshing break from all the generic metal albums that seem like lame copies of other third-rate bands.
So in summary, Conjurer delivers a brilliant album that is moving, poignant and grand. It explores many subjects, musically broadens their musical horizons, builds on the previous album and is a total success in every way. One important point is also that whilst most of the tracks and the album are of long duration, repeated listens have not taken away my deep interest in this album. Personally, most albums over 40 mins require skipping multiple tracks IMHO. But not on this album, the whole document is grandiose and rewarding. I highly recommend you buy this release and spread the word about this accomplished band.
Out now on Nuclear Blast records:
and here's an interview I did with Dan in Hobart before they played Dark Mofo
(unfortunately due to illness I missed this whole gig, but all reports indicate they were one of the best bands to play that particular event). We chatted about how the album came about and the differences between Pathos and Mire, the themes contained in this release, the solid UK metal/hardcore scene, what comes next and how the band is not pigeonholed into being one style etc. Dan was very passionate about the band and their releases as expected and this was a great interview to do. Support this band, please!!!.