Polish Blackened Doom outfit Loathfinder release The Great Tired Ones. From start to finish the record is brooding, and dark, the record’s cover is grim and desolate, and appears to show a portal to hell. The hellish cover image is befitting for an EP so ghastly and disheartened.
Instrumentally the album is brilliantly tackled. The band stay true to the genre they chose, a perfect example of modern doom, yet the blackened elements seep through into the record subtly, yet superbly. The strongest track on the record comes in the form of Scents of Regression. Starting off with the low rattling of the bass, the band come in with some melody to the lead guitar part before the vocals kick in, starting off a low growl with a few flourishes of a higher pitched vocal style in parts. Loathfinder being Polish and writing a record in English makes for a few errors in translation, however Scents of Regression see, the band’s ominous lyrical content comes across strongest. Lines such as “The Terror itself covered the sky” and “our own monuments are laughing at us” really convey the bleakness of the nihilism Loathfinder have woven, not just through this track, but the entire release.
The band convey over four songs that they are more than an average bleak minded doom band. They mix plenty of different elements of the genre, with different vocal techniques gelling elegantly over the band’s instrumentals. The can vary from dense and dark sludgy riffs, to more minimalist instrumentals, yet there is no real immediacy or velocity to the records tempo at all. The band’s translation errors are a slight flaw, however as the group go on to write more tracks, they will only improve and could blossom well in the doom scene.