Anguish are a band from Sweden that plays a very traditional form of doom metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Mountain" which will be released in November by Dark Descent Records.
Acoustic guitars start off the album and they give the music a very dark and epic edge along with some melodic guitar leads and after the intro the music starts getting more heavy and adds in a doom metal sound that also brings in a great amount of dark sounding melodies in the 80's tradition and a good portion of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
When vocals are added into the music they are in a more aggressive and rough direction closer to first wave black metal while they do have their melodic moments at times almost while the solos and leads continue the dark and melodic tradition of epic doom metal and most of the music remains true to a very slow, dark and heavy doom metal musical style.
All of the musical instruments on the recording have a very powerful sound to them and the acoustic guitars which where present on the intro also make their return on some of the later tracks in certain sections and as the album progresses spoken word parts can be heard briefly and they add more of an occult and ritualistic feeling to the bands musical style and the melodies also start bringing in more of a depressive approach to the riffs and solos and some of the later tracks also bring in a small amount of organs which also adds a psychedelic 70's feeling to the bands heavy doom metal sound.
Anguish creates a very heavy and epic style of doom metal that is heavily rooted in the 80's but sounds more modern and also uses a more aggressive vocals and heavier sound than the older bands as well as bringing in a darker atmosphere, the production sounds very dark and heavy while the lyrics cover cosmic philosophy and dark fantasy themes.
In my opinion Anguish are a very great sounding epic doom metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Makarian Furnace" "The Woven Shield" and "Snowhammer". 8 out of 10.