Abysmal Growls Of Despair are a 1 man band that has been featured before in this zine and plays a very atmospheric form of funeral doom metal with elements of drone and this recording and this is a review of his 2014 album "Dark Days" which was released as a joint effort between Le Crepuscule du Soir Productions and Satanath Records.
A very dark and atmospheric synth sound starts off the album which also brings in elements of ambient and after a couple of minutes a more heavy funeral doom metal sound is mixed in with the more atmospheric side of the recording along with some deep guttural death metal growls and most of the tracks are very long and epic in length.
At times spoken word parts can be heard in certain sections of the recording and also they give the music more of a ritualistic feeling and some of the alter tracks also bring in small amounts of clean playing and all of the songs stick to either a slow, heavy dark and atmospheric sound and on the bonus tracks the bass guitars start adding in more of a very powerful sounding presence while on a later song a small amount of violins are added onto the recording.
On this album Abysmal Growls Of Despair go for more of a straight forward and atmospheric approach to funeral doom metal than what was presented on later recordings, the production sounds for dark and heavy while the lyrics cover despair themes.
In my opinion this is another great sounding recording from Abysmal Growls Of Despair and if you are a fan of funeral doom, you should enjoy this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Darkest Thought" "Solitude" and "Lost Dreams". 8 out of 10.