British Doom metal band, Camel Of Doom are unveiling their record Terrestrial to the world on the 2nd of December and it’s certainly not something you’ll get the hump with. Camel and extra-terrestrial/ out-of-this-world puns aside, the band’s fourth album does not disappoint. This doom metal record certainly does not spell doom for the band that recorded it.
The record is epic in many ways, the first being it’s length. The track count of nine may fool you into thinking the album is a light one until you notice that it clocks in at over an hour. This is certainly no complaint. The songs switch between interludes lasting only a couple of minutes to ten minute plus epics with some tracks falling between the two but all filling out the record in just the right ways. Songs like Pyroclastic Flow manage to provide an engaging listen for all of it’s twelve minutes.
The record also happens to sound as epic as something called Terrestrial should sound. Huge, dense guitars build on top of a pounding rhythm section to support brutal vocals. Everything slots into place without feeling forced into that place. The more experimental guitar and synth work found in the records quieter sections is as beautiful as the rest of the record is brutal. It’s an album that works you through the different dynamics extremely well with the help of great instrumentation and production. The tracks still sound like they’re being performed by an actual band while retaining punch and power.
Overall the record is a journey that many metal and doom metal fans are sure to enjoy. It’s a truly cohesive record that you can immerse yourself in for over an hour and still want to come back for more.