A little over a month after the release of their split with fellow Aussies Promethean Misery, New South Wales-based masters of all things down-tuned and dour Illimitable Dolor are already back and poised to drop their sophomore full-length Leaden Light.
I’m going to be honest here – this is a very easy album with which to fall hopelessly, tragically in love…but not such an easy one to talk about. As our loyal Vault Hunters know, I’m very seldom at a loss for words when it comes to discussing music. In this instance, however, I think that’s because Illimitable Dolor is the sort of band who makes music that isn’t meant to inspire lengthy, semi-academic analyses. This is music that’s supposed to be felt.
And sweet mother of fuck, the feels. If the piano in the opening section of “Leaden Light Her Path” alone doesn’t break your heart clean in half, then you probably need to cut back on Xanax. I really wish I had something more articulate to say about it here than ‘it’s sad, it’s beautiful, and I’d rather put on headphones and listen to it again than try to write about it.’ To be more concrete about it, Illimitable Dolor play atmospheric doom/death metal that falls somewhere between Evoken and Mournful Congregation, but with the heavy keyboard presence of Skepticism. Crushing riffs, epic melodies, impossibly guttural vocals, and more raw, honest emotion than I’ve heard on any album since Pallbearer’s debut Sorrow and Extinction.
Basically…Leaden Light is sad, it’s beautiful, and I’m going to put on headphones and listen to it again instead of continuing to try to write about it. I’d suggest doing the same, as we’re streaming it in full here today at the Vault. It’s available on March 20 in several editions from Transcending Obscurity Records – grab one here while you get your feels on.