Aphonic Threnody – The Great Hatred

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Reviewed: October 2020
Released: 2020, Transcending Obscurity
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: Kira Levine

International death-doom outfit Aphonic Threnody (formed in 2012) are set to release their third full-length, The Great Hatred on October 16th.

An excerpt from their press release statement reads:

“Members of Towards Atlantis LightsDea MaricaArrant Saudade and more collaborate to conjure up the finest kind of death/doom metal that encompasses the best qualities this style has to offer – stirring melodies, heaving riffs, immersive atmosphere, and some of the lowest, most anguished vocals possible alternating with lucid, spoken passages.”

‘Locura’ brings some of the best clean vocals on the record, which contrasts the gutturals well. The choral effects complement Juan’s low vocals while adding to the lachrymose feel the song exudes.

Whispered and spoken words counter the unclean vocals throughout ‘Interrogation’. The growled lyrics feel particularly intense here, as questions are incessantly asked in this style against Juan & Riccardo’s barraging instrumentation. The death knell and echoed voice towards the end intensifies track two’s haunting quality.

Title track ‘The Great Hatred’ sees melodic singing utilised again. A great guitar solo is played towards the end of song three, before the melody is repeated in a softer version.

Boasting the longest instrumental introduction on the release, ‘Drowning’ hosts some splendid atmospheric moments.

During ‘The Rise of the Phoenix’, the repeated verses in screamed and clean vocals project a sense despair and acceptance respectively.

A beautiful keyboard solo intercede the melancholy in ‘The Fall’, creating a sublime shift. The song has a rather optimistic ending, offering some hope and light after an overwhelmingly melancholy experience.

Aphonic Threnody have conceived an album that will ask you to face your feelings and beckon you for a re-listen. The Great Hatred is for fans of (early) Anathema, My Dying Bride, and Paradise Lost.