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Gomorran – Excerpts from the Dark Age

Excerpts from the Dark Age
by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 23 February 2022, 12:54 PM

GOMORRAN is a Nordic Death Metal group that draws influence from the murkiness of Black Metal. The band recorded their debut "Excerpts from the Dark Age" in the Spring 2021. The album was released in December of 2021 by Inverse Records, and contains six tracks. “Tavern” leads off the album. It’s a short, two-minute mood-setting instrumental, with hushed, depressive tones and what sounds like cello notes. The mood is somber and warm at the same time.

“Black Plague” begins with a heavy and aggressive sound, from a powerful riff and some double bass drums. Like the disease of its namesake, it strikes fear into men as it killed about a third of the people it infected as it swept across Europe during the Dark Ages. There is a lot going on in the musical landscape here…varied vocal approaches, some eerie leads, and some intelligent songwriting. “Sermon” is another dark offering that begins with a slow grind of harrowing sounds akin more to the Black Metal side of their sound. But the deadly vocals are all Death Metal. Like a good sermon, the message here is stalwart and ominous, and beguiles your attention.

“Hopeless Endeavor” opens with some ambient tones that lead to crushing, pummeling riffs and some raucous energy. The Olli is particularly good at shifting with the changes in the music as it moves along. That passage around the half-way mark is so scary, it could wake the dead. “Esaiah” begins with a slow groove and very harsh vocals. Light symphonic elements gather energy in the background, and clean vocals offer a different perspective. Lead notes come in around the half-way mark, furthering the horrid sound. “Hail Caesar” closes the album, beginning with some chanting, and taking you back to Roman times at the turn of the century long ago. The heavy sound continues through the end of the song, and it closes with more chanting.

This isn’t your average Death Metal band. The influences they draw from Black Metal and several other genres is evident in the songs, which are sturdily crafted, and reflect a band who knows what they are doing. I daresay that this new band to Metal music has thought of nearly everything, closing the loop on elements that can hang for other bands, with tight, deadly compositions and just enough experimentation to tantalize your senses. Keep an eye on these guys, for they are here to take names, and yours is next on their list.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Tavern
2. Black Plague
3. Sermon
4. Hopeless Endeavor
5. Esaiah
6. Hail Caesar
Joonatan Wiitasalo – Guitar
Perttu Laamanen – Guitar and Vocals
Panu Nykänen – Bass
Olli Lappalainen – Drums
Record Label: Inverse Records


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