Narrow House are a band from Ukraine that plays an atmospheric form of funeral doom metal and this is a review of their 2014 album "Thanathonaut" which was released by Solitude Productions.
Ambient style synths start off the album and they bring an atmospheric sound to the recording and a minute later guitars start to kick in along with violins and a small amount of spoken word samples which are also used on the later tracks as well and on the following track melodic vocals become a part of the music with some of the later tracks having a more stoner vibe due to this style of singing and the album really starts going for more of an atmospheric doom metal sound along with some avant garde elements.
As the album progresses death metal growls start becoming more a part of the music along with a small amount of cellos and saxophones which sound like a perfect mix for the funeral doom sound this band creates which also leads to some psychedelic style sounds, halfway through the album acoustic guitars are introduced in certain sections of the recording and they enhance the tragic and melancholic moments of the music and towards the end the music gets more ritualistic and heavy and they also bring in a small amount of female vocals, on the last track black metal screams are added in for a few seconds.
Narrow House create a very original sound with their music with a great amount of atmospheric funeral doom metal elements but with much shorter songs than most of the bands of the genre and they band also brings in influences from all styles of doom metal and stoner rock as well as being very experimental, the production sounds very professional and the lyrics cover solitude, self destruction, death and apocalypse themes.
In my opinion Narrow House are a very great sounding atmospheric funeral doom metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this recording. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Crossroads" "The Mid Life To Sorrow" "Crushing The Old Empire" and "Doom Over Valiria". 8 out of 10.