Stoic Dissenstion are a band from Colorado that has been featured before in this zine and plays a mixture of black and doom metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Autocthon" which will be released by Rain Without End Records.
Dark ambient drones start off the recording before adding in a more slow, heavy, melodic and dark sound along with powerful bass lines and grim black metal vocals an d the guitar leads add a depressive and post black metal feeling to the recording which is also added into the cleaner sections of the recording, as time goes on by the doom metal element s really start to kick in.
When the vocals start utilizing death growls the music starts evoking a more funeral doom metal atmosphere and the spoken word parts bring in a ritualistic feeling to the songs, on some of the later tracks synths, tribal style drumming, ambient, and psychedelic elements are added into certain sections of the recording along with small amounts of melodic chanting and all of the tracks are very long and epic in length, and as the album progresses you can also hear some of the more progressive and avant garde side of black metal being utilized in the music an d the guitar leads also start getting a bit more diverse in sound.
On all 6 of the tracks the band brings in a different sound showing that they are not afraid to experimental while also being very heavy and dark all at the same time and on one of the tracks acoustic guitars are brought in and the music gets more progressive and psychedelic in sound along with a small amount of clean singing male and female vocals as well as mixing the heavy and acoustic parts together.
After awhile the band goes into a more fast and raw black metal direction along with some high pitched screams and blast beats while also keeping around the slow doomier sections of the recording and some of the slower sections also bring in a depressive black metal sound at times but with a more grim approach on the vocals and on the last song flutes are added into the music and the track takes on a very heavy blackened doom metal approach.
Stoic Dissention show a great amount of diversity and growth with their new album taking their mixture of black and doom metal and adding in more psychedelic, post and experimental elements which all make the recording sound very professional, the production sounds very dark and powerful and you can hear all of the musical instruments that are present on this recording while the lyrics cover the ancient past of mankind and exploring the mystical nuances of ritual.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Stoic Dissention and if you are a fan of both black and doom metal, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Wolcnum" and "The Eldritch And The Atavistic". 8/5 out of 10.