Chilean doom band Procession stream new album
Doom metal is alive and kicking these days, with many new acts coming out and impressing; including last year’s Pallbearer, whose debut release Sorrow and Extinction was one of the best albums of the year. This year, there is Chilean doom quartet Procession, who are set to release their sophomore effort To Reap Heavens Apart.
The Valparaiso (near Santiago)-bred quartet – who have a fifth, live-only member on bass – are currently based in Sweden, and have their hearts set on “world doomination”, an endearing play on words if ever there was one.
It’s rather an apt on too, as preliminary peeks of the album promised to deliver thundering riffs and towering melodies of doom. Now, German metal website Rockhard is offering up a full stream of the album. The band delivers on what they promised, dealing out some seriously crushing doom metal and soaring melancholic melodies. Upon first listen, I can confirm that this is absolutely an excellent offering. It has its moments of sheer heaviness, but also does delve into lighter passages. I really enjoyed the song “Death and Judgement”. About five minutes in, the song kicks into another gear with a soul-searing riff and sorrowful vocals, and then the final epic closing track, “Far From Light” which flows through many moods in its eleven-minute run time.
This is an album that threatens to steal the light and joy from your life and send you spinning into the sorrowful void. Stream it at RockHard and see for yourself.
To Reap Heavens Apart will be released on May 3rd on High Roller Records, and the band are due to play Denmark’s Heavy Days In Doomtown festival over this coming weekend, and the much-lauded Hellfest in France in June.