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Mournful Congregation

Album Review: Mournful Congregation – The Exuviae Of Gods – Part II [EP]

Surprisingly, it didn’t take long for funeral doom to make the journey from its birthplace (in either England or Scandinavia, a hot point of a debate which has no place in this review) to the primarily sunlit lands of Australia so, for purists – who also likely already know and follow the five-piece – MOURNFUL CONGREGATION were there “back then”. And thus, doth The Exuviae Of Gods – Part II begin with a new recording of ‘Heads Bowed’, from 1995’s An Epic Dream Of Desire demo. Never having been one for re-recordings, feeling them dangerously close to revisionist history, the […]

Album Review: Mournful Congregation – The Exuviae Of Gods – Part I [EP]

Despite being active since 1993 Australia’s MOURNFUL CONGREGATION can, as the slow inevitable march of time – and of its music – never be accused of rushing to its end. That 2018’s The Incubus Of Karma was only its fourth full-length, and now followed by an EP four years hence speaks not so much to the lack of material, but to the great amount of care put into what is released under the MC banner. One of two new tracks presented on The Exuviae Of Gods – Part I, ‘Mountainous Shadows, Cast Through Time’ is ushered in by a near-overbearing […]

MOURNFUL CONGREGATION: Australian Doom Metal Monarchs To Release The Exuviae Of Gods – Part I EP In North America Through 20 Buck Spin; Teaser, Preorders, And More Issued

Australia’s ageless kings of extreme doom MOURNFUL CONGREGATION return for the first time since 2018’s monumental The Incubus Of Karma album. Now in 2022 comes The Exuviae Of Gods – Part I, the first in a two-part EP series to bridge the gap between full-length albums. Perhaps known equally for the colossal length of their songs as much as their evocative and somber magnificence, an EP for MOURNFUL CONGREGATION amounts to a sprawling three tracks over thirty-seven minutes in length. Two new tracks, the lachrymose funereal dirge ‘Mountainous Shadows, Cast Through Time’ and the largely acoustic reflective dream of ‘The […]