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There is Hope for Doom on Destroyer of Light’s “Drowned”

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Austin’s Destroyer of Light are relative newcomers to the NWOBADM — yes, the New Wave of Badass American Doom Metal, thanks for asking — but have quickly established themselves as a formidable force in a crowded scene. Last year’s Chamber of Horrors was an absolute gem, weaving together traditional doom metal tropes and subtly sinister Mercyful Fate horror overtones. The Hopeless EP continues that singular vibe, serving as a stopgap until a new album arrives next year, though this is far from filler: its two songs encompass everything Destroyer of Light does, and does very well. Check out an exclusive stream of the second track “Drowned” below.

The song starts off with a droning intonation from vocalist/guitarist Steve Colca — he channels both Jus Osborne and Eric Wagner in his delivery of the verses — while the rest of the band lays waste to huge, lumbering Candlemass riffs that sound like they were unearthed by a Lovecraftian expedition. While the vibe initially comes off as sinister, there is a methodical melancholy that permeates the track, not unlike the sad bastard-isms of peers like Pallbearer and Khemmis. But as soon as everything sounds, er, hopeless, the solos storm in and remind the listener that this is still metal damnit.

Ending with an avalanche of satisfying feedback and the prerequisite horror movie sample, “Drowned” leaves the listener wanting much more. Mission accomplished.

Hopeless is out Friday on Heavy Friends Records. Follow Destroyer of Light on Facebook and Bandcamp. Listen to the EP’s first track via Decibel here.

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