"Toward Divine Death"

By Dr. Abner Mality

You can get burned out on anything, even the things you love, if you get exposed to enough of it. I've heard so much suffocating, oppressive death metal this year that it is now failing to have an impact on me unless it is very exceptional. I can't put Lie In Ruins from Finland in that category. In all honesty, even a couple of years ago, this would have been a favorite. But there's been such a flood of this ultra-bleak and doomy death metal recently, the sting is gone.

Not that I'm ready to switch to Lady Gaga just yet. The old saying "familiarity breeds contempt" has a lot of truth to it, but I'm not to the point where I feel contempt for "Toward Divine Death". These guys could sure use an editor, though. Every track here is just a huge monolith of turgid Finnish death-doom with roaring wind-tunnel vocals and simple morbid riffs played unto infinity. If this is your thing, then go for it.I just ultimately got bored with it. Bands such as Altars, Krypts and Maveth are treading a similar path but with a bit more authority and brevity. Still, you will feel a crushing chill listening to Lovecraftian odes such as "Blood of the Dead" and "Beneath the Surface", no doubt about it.

If you haven't reached the saturation point of claustrophobic death doom yet, check this out, but I don't think there's too many of you left.