Abysmal Growls of Despair are a 1 man band from France that plays a funeral form of doom/drone metal and this is a review of his self released 2013 album "Abyss".
Dark and distorted sounding drones start off the album along with the sounds of wolves and after a few minutes heavy bass and clean guitars are added into the music and after awhile guttural growls find their way onto the recording along with a dark atmosphere being utilized in the background.
All of the tracks are very long and epic in length and on the second song clean singing female vocals are added onto the recording along with some grim vocals in the background which also have a black metal feeling to them and the drone elements have a very dominant presence on this recording and as the album progresses the music starts utilizing a small amount of keyboards and there is not much in the way of a traditional guitar on any of the tracks.
Abysmal Growls Of Despair creates a style of funeral doom without having a traditional approach and mixes in a good amount of drone to create a very original sounding recording, the production sounds very dark while the lyrics cover desolate themes.
In my opinion Abysmal Growls Of Despair are a very great sounding mixture of funeral doom metal and drone and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this project. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Only Dread And Flight" and "Calm Despair Hollow Life". 8 out of 10.