pantheon of the lesser


The cover art is a striking, iconic illustration of a hooded angel carrying two babies, rising from the water. It seems both spiritual and doom-laden, of the church and the cemetery. The tough, minimalist creeping of the music can do the same. The doom side is inherent in the heaviness of the music. The occasional growling and screaming, though standard genre trappings, only overstate what the music itself makes clear. The spiritual side—the mystery, it may be more appropriate to say—comes from the space in their playing, the measured pace, how they suggest more than just clobber. It’s just as overstated, through New Age vocals, at one point in “The Beacon.” When that sort of drama slides away, the music is deeply intense, beyond the surface. (importantrecords.com)