Thursday, December 1, 2011

Mournful Congregation

Mournful Congregation took the stage in Seattle last night for their first show of their first North American tour. Their perfectly proportioned middle-aged-metal chubbiness suggested a band that knew what they were doing -- that didn’t need to concern themselves with the fact that they were all wearing their own bands t-shirts because they were too busy making some crushing music.

MC was touring the US promoting two releases this year. Unspoken Hymns, a compilation of older material re-released, and their new album Book of Kings, which every metal head seems to have a huge hard-on for. Book of Kings is an amazing album, and I’m happy to see funeral doom getting some love in all these top-whatever lists for 2011, but to be perfectly honest I find myself listening to Unspoken Hymns far more. I would take a classic like the song “The Epitome of Gods and Men Alike” -- originally a split with Worship and limited to only 500 copies -- over the less memorable “Catechism of Depression” any day.

Mournful Congregation - The Epitome of Gods and Men Alike

Your best bet is to obviously just get both, but Book of Kings has a slightly obnoxious amount of spoken word and distracting whispering. I don’t need some middle aged balding guy with a goatee to hide is double chin whispering sweet sorrowful nothings into my ear. I just want you to play some heavy melancholic music at a snail pace.

Mournful Congregation - The Book of Kings

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