Aphonic Threnody When Death Becomes on Limited Edition 2LP
Aphonic Threnody is not what you can call your average band. With various members spread over four different countries and two continents, this now six-headed beast would actually rather label themselves ‘a doom collective'. What was started off initially in London in late 2012 by guitarist Riccardo Veronese from Gallow God and vocalist Rob Mura from Urna was quickly joined by a myriad of musicians from Italy, Hungary and the UK, with extra prestigious guests such as Jarno Salomaa from Shape of Despair and Greg Chandler from Esoteric to boot.
Based on those names alone, you kind of know from the get-go in what kind of dreaded territories you're about to enter, desolate doom/death soundscapes verging on funeral doom where the words ‘epic' and ‘mournful' doesn't even start to cover it all. 2014's When Death Comes is their first proper full-length and according to Mura, "it's an important step up for us as Doomentia is one of the most acclaimed doom metal labels worldwide. And for us, being an international project, this is an amazing thing! We all come from different bands and backgrounds and once you get such great people interested in your music it makes you feel you're moving in the right direction."
Indeed, in less than two years, their progression from their previous debut EP or splits with Ennui and Frowning to this LP have left many doom bands eating dust. They started working on the album in the summer 2013 and none of the five tracks are below the eleven minutes mark, with "Death Obsession" pushing it as far as 18 minutes! But this album isn't just about pushing funeral doom as far as possible but more about adding to the genre intricate arrangements, an almost progressive vibe and a strong cinematic element.