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  • Audio CD (26 Jun. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Moribund
  • ASIN: B000E40PYI
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
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My appreciation of this release is intuitive, based purely on how I experience the music. I do not possess any technical musical knowledge.

Cavernous, ultimate stygian darkness, desolate and melancholic aptly describe In The Depths Of R'lyeh.

For anyone unfamiliar, R'lyeh is the 'Dead Sunken City' inhabited by Great Cthulhu an evil god created by horror master Howard Philips Lovecraft. (Most often referred to as H.P Lovecraft)The subject matter suits the music perfectly.

The music can be described best as Death Doom Metal.

The tempo is slooooow! Extremely slow with deep reverberations/echoes that really do capture an eery and oppressive atmosphere of sinking into a deep, desolate place of total blackness.... When playing the album, it seems to engulf the room and over-shadow everything else, such is the intensity of the atmosphere.

There are slow deep guttural death metal growled vocals that echo eerily and add a feel of impending calamity to the music.

Overall, In The Depths Of R'lyeh conveys a deep seated sense of sinking into a desolate, alien place of melancholy and madness.

In The Depths Of R'lyeh will most likely appeal to death metal fans, fans of dark depressing doom, and anyone who craves an atmosphere of all encompassing melancholy.

For the depressive listeners out there, this album should carry a health warning!!
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Staggering,bleak beyond comprehension and utterly utterly essential if you have any interest in macabre and intensely atmospheric doom/death inspired by HP Lovecraft this album its the soundtrack to nightmares,the songs are perfectly crafted slow and lengthy tracks which fascinate rather than bore bands like shape of despair should take a cue from this rather than peddle out the same nonsense, the closest album or artist for a resembling sound would be esoteric(UK)but they aren't as claustrophobically intense so if you like funeral doom or doom death or want something new and genuinely disturbing then pick this one up
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Catacombs is just one guy who knows what he's doing with this unrelenting, atmospheric funeral doom. The vocals are made up of unintelligible growls which complement the repeated, echoing riffs. This is a change from the usual retro doom. This is more of the Sunn0))) school of doom but without the poo-yerself-feedback malarkey. Definately worth investing in if you like 'Forest..' era Cathedral. Great cover art too.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f6a65a0) out of 5 stars Extreme Doom/Death Unlike Any Other (TRUE doom) 29 Mar. 2006
By Saevus Militis - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is the most extreme doom/death album in existence in the scene today, and TRUE doom... not sludge/noise/drone garbage.

Unique and macabre harmonies overlay cataclysmically heavy rythyms, yet with enough off-time variation within the songs to keep things interesting. Pay attention, and you'll hear the variations in timings etc., and absorb the incredible atmospheres and monolithic heaviness.

A solid wall of massive dark, brutal doom, with the lowest vocals of anyone else out there, and no keys.

Wan't TRUE extreme doom/death? This is it!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f6a65f4) out of 5 stars Coming at you through right angles only. 11 May 2006
By Dopelord - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This is a great cd. I love the atmosphere this kind of music creates epic doom driving into your soul. The music creeps in and occupies space. The songs on this cd generate soooo much atmosphere that, when they stop, if feels like all the air has been sucked out of the room.

This was the first Doom cd I bought and since then I picked up music from Sunn, Yob, Earth, Boris and Esoteric. If you like any of these bands then I recommend this monolithic masterpiece. All hail mighty Cthulhu.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8fe8ecc0) out of 5 stars falls sonically right between Skepticism and Esoteric 15 April 2006
By Aquarius Records - Published on
Format: Audio CD
There are two kinds of doom. Well, okay, there are probably more, but for the purposes of this review I'll stick to two. The first is the new breed of sludgey dirgey slow motion doom practiced by folks like SUNNO))), Moss, Marzuraan, Bunkur, Buried At Sea, Dot [.], Boris, Khanate, Whitehorse and the like. The interesting thing about this type of doom, is it's not necessarily doom METAL, in fact more often than not it's more experimental than metal, and is often played by folks who are far from being metalheads. One might call it indie-doom. Or something. Although for god's sake let's not call it indie-doom. That's almost as bad as calling romantic comedies rom-coms. Anyway, there's that distinctly indie, avant breed of doom, and then there is DOOM METAL. And within doom metal, there is a breed of super slow, super dirgey, beautifully depressive funereal doom, that at least sonically, most resembles that avant drone dirge doom I love so much. Maybe that's why all those non-metal folks into SUNNO))) and Earth and Corrupted and Boris can get into stuff like Skepticism and Esoteric and diSEMBOWLEMENT as well. It pushes the same sort of buttons, it's slow, lurching, rife with tarpit rhythms and glacial cadences, everything is tuned ultra ultra low, it's just very dark and droney and depressive.

But the thing about doom -metal- is it retains some of the elements of it's parent genre, metal. Instead of being like a distorted electric guitar version of Angus Maclise or Henry Flynt or any of the other modern minimalists, It's like Sabbath or St. Vitus or Wichfinder General or Candlemass or Pentagram, but slowed waaaaaaay down. Actual metal songs caught in some sort of time rift, that renders each riff a lengthy smear of depressive ambience, a drum fill can plod along for minutes instead of seconds. The difference is subtle but it is definitely a big difference. That's maybe why, as much as I love all that NWODDDD (new wave of drone death dirge doom, you read it here first!) I tend to be way more engaged by the metallic end of the doom metal spectrum. Esoteric and Skepticism obviously, but also less distinctly funereal outfits like diSEMBOWELMENT, Paramecium, Evoken, My Dying Bride and loads more.

One more modern group who better captures that depressive funereal doom sound better than almost anyone is Catacombs, a one man band whose gloomy doomscapes definitely fall sonically right between Skepticism and Esoteric. Haunting minor key melodies drift wraith-like over a bleak and barren soundscape of plodding, mournful musical sorrow. Guitars dripping with cave-like reverb, everything sounding like it was recorded in an antechamber of hell, vocals so low they sound like someone dragging a huge piece of sheet metal along a rough patch of pavement or like a field recording of a thunderstorm, slowed down. Surprisingly dynamic for a doom record as well, with riffs that hover and drift over vast expanses of nothingness, before lurching back into motion. But also quite melodic, with some tracks sounding almost like a more metal Low, lilting and melancholic, all grey and washed out and wrapped in a distant haze of Burzumic guitar fuzz.

So slow and beautiful and creepy and ominous and amazing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f6a687c) out of 5 stars Truly Lovecraftian Metal 4 Jun. 2010
By Oliverio Casas - Published on
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Doom must be the metal genre with the largest number of groups driving inspiration from and quoting Lovecraft's writings in their lyrics. That said, after 10 years or so of serious doom listening this is the first time that I hear a band (or one man project, to be exact) capture a real Lovecraftian atmosphere in its music... this is the perfect soundtrack for reading The Call of Cthulhu on a dark, stormy night while drinking some brandy by the fireplace. Musically, this project sounds something like a very atmospheric Skepticism, mixed with Esoteric's slower riffs and some Sunn O))) droning. So, unless you're seriously into doom's slower flavours (extreme, drone and funeral), you'll be better off passing on this one since most metal listeners will write off this album as nothing but slow, boring, atonal and repetitive noise.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f6a681c) out of 5 stars Brutal & Atmospheric Doom/Death 15 May 2008
By DwellerInTheDeeps - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Extreme doom isn't for anyone, but there is far more here than "meets the ear", if you really put yourself into it. The composition of every riff and every song has more variety in timings and tempos than many pick up on, and for something so incredibly slow, it's "driving" in the beats and atmospheres used and created. It truly evokes the darkest, most dreadful, shadowed, subterranean atmospheres of almost any music out there. It's something you put yourself into, not for the general populace who cant sit still for two seconds and/or have not enough depth to "understand" and experience such a masterful work of extremity in brutality and atmosphere.
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