Mournful Congregation - The June Frost (Enucleation, 2009)

This. Is. Slow. Doom. As I listen to The June Frost, my heartbeat slows down to match the cadence of the music. This isn't because I'm falling asleep, but because I've entered a meditative state of contemplation on the soul crushing nature of existence. Mission accomplished.
Mournful Congregation are from Loxton, South Australia, where there is actually frost in June. They claim to play "Macrocosmic Doom for Microcosmic Beings."
Dual guitars give off a My Dying Bride vibe, circa The Dreadful Hours. The guitar tones sometimes make me think of Type O Negative.
Did I mention this is slow? I have no idea how anyone could have the discipline to maintain such a molasses-like pace. Having said that, this is surprisingly engaging music, given its temporal confines. There is plenty of excellent riffing, with haunting lead guitar melodies that frequently surprise and occasionally make me think Dance of December Souls.
The vocals exclusively ply the dark depths of guttural growls. Occasionally, some softly spoken vocals appear. Numerous acoustic parts are sprinkled throughout, frequently highlighting some excellent lead guitar lines. Again, speed (or lack thereof) is the name of the game. I'd be itching to rip into some galloping thrash if I were in this band. Alas, they are infinitely disciplined in their pace, all the way to the end. If such depressive doom floats (or more aptly sinks) your boat, I'd recommend checking out The June Frost.

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