An incredible twenty-five years into their existence, MOURNFUL CONGREGATION persists in refining and perfecting their immortal art on The Incubus Of Karma. Reaching innovative new heights, within the bounds they have created for themselves, the bounds in which a multitude of newer bands now draw from like a wellspring, MOURNFUL CONGREGATION cast a giant shadow, steadfastly towering over the landscape like a monolithic obelisk.
Decibel Magazine is now streaming The Incubus Of Karma’s entrancing “Whispering Spiritscapes” ahead of the album’s release, noting in part of the opus, “MOURNFUL CONGREGATION weave a dense, mournful, yet still melodic, fifteen-minute song that highlights all of their strengths before ending with somber spoken word. It’s rare that a band can pull off such a dense, long song without overstaying their welcome, but MOURNFUL CONGREGATION pull it off gracefully.”
The Incubus Of Karma will see release on March 23rd, on 2xLP, CD, cassette, and digital formats, with 20 Buck Spin handling the record in North America, with Osmose Productions releasing it in Europe, and Weird Truth Productions handling the release for Asia. Find North American preorders at Bandcamp where you can stream “Scripture Of Exaltation And Punishment” HERE, and through the 20 Buck Spin webstore HERE.
1. The Indwelling Ascent
2. Whispering Spiritscapes
3. The Rubaiyat
4. The Incubus Of Karma
5. Scripture Of Exaltation And Punishment 14:57
6. A Picture Of The Devouring Gloom Devouring The Spheres Of Being
More than six years have passed since the release of MOURNFUL CONGREGATION’s regal fourth full-length, The Book Of Kings. Since that time the band made several trips to the US and Europe and released a mini-album Conrcrescence Of The Sophia, increasing their reputation as the pinnacle of extreme/funeral doom and one of the most influential bands in the entire genre.
Throughout these intervening years, MOURNFUL CONGREGATION set to the task of meticulously crafting a new masterpiece, now presented in the form of the crown jewel titled The Incubus Of Karma. Everything that has made this band the unchallenged masters of this style since The Monad Of Creation, is here. The agonizing weight of extreme doom riffs, bitterly somber dissonance, a painterly attention to detail and arrangement, and the vocals summoned from the deepest hole. And as with each album before, the band expands upon their unique progressive tendencies, weaving beautifully constructed solos and lengthy virtuoso interludes into a bleak yet intricate tapestry of stately grandeur. The Incubus Of Karma also marks the band’s first album with drummer Tim Call (Nightfell, Weregoat, Sempiternal Dusk, Aldebaran).