Un - The Tomb Of All Things - (8.5/10)
Published on December 26, 2015
Powerful, immense, and crushing — those are just a few words to describe the debut from Seattle-based Un. The newer band, formed in just 2012, already has a couple of demos, but have just unveiled their debut full-length The Tomb Of All Things digitally via Black Bow Records. The five track and nearly one hour long album consists of some of the more punishing and impressive funeral doom to come out in the latter part of the year, and the young act is clearly making their presence well known to all.
Starting off with a brief but unsettling and ominous intro, the remainder of the 49 minutes or so are full of elongated musical passages and deep, bellowing vocals. Slow but cavernous drumming combined with some deep and heavy bass work wonderfully next to the vast riffs. However, there is still plenty of room for melody, which comes across as a great accent to the music. The last two tracks especially utilize the instrumental breaks and melodious juxtapositions to reach an incredible crescendo and some of the more breathtaking sections on the album. The guitar solos as well become very emotive, adding a great level of sadness and melancholy to the otherwise daunting and pulverizing music. The vocals, again, are pretty consistent, save for a few higher range screams here and there, but the performance is so commanding and impressive that when the vocals are used on these tracks, you cannot help but pay attention.
One of the more impressive things about this debut is just how it can pull you in even if it’s playing in the background. While some bands or songs can lose some steam over a 10-plus minute run-time, these songs remain interesting and continue to build throughout their entirety. Whether it be the noisier end to “Forgotten Path” or the aforementioned incredible last two tracks, there is nothing but gripping music from start to finish. Every little nuance is picked up perfectly by the incredibly strong production as well, leaving no stone unturned. Nothing is hidden in the mix, yet there are still little things that you can discover or hear differently listen after listen. Every instrument and vocal line is placed just right, allowing for maximum impact while pushing forward the release’s powerful and encompassing sound.
Un is a band that has been slowly making a name for themselves between some high profile shows and support of their demos. However, with The Tomb Of All Things, the band clearly show themselves as not just another band in the genre, but one that stands to make a major impact. Everything from the solo to the last seconds of “Through The Luminous Dusk” are some of the most spine-shivering moments in doom I’ve heard all year, and in quite some time for that matter, which shows just how much talent and potential this band has. The sky is the limit for these four, and the sky is pretty high up.