Vera : Here we review a band coming from India and that is not something that happens daily. Djinn And Miskatonic is the pun-like name and in 2013 they released their debut album ‘Forever In The Realm’. In December that year they already called it suits, but few months later the owner of Transcending Obscurity could convince them to continue. Yet it took until early 2018 before the sophomore album ‘Even Gods Must Die’ is made available.
The five piece plays obscure doom metal that invokes memories of bands like Reverend Bizarre, Church Of Misery and even Electric Wizard. Fortunately they are not so inaccessible than the latter one, although one cannot label these songs as infectious stuff. In doom metal, it is very important to keep the attention and not only fall into ultra slow gloominess. That’s why this band also adds any fervent heavy metal elements in the songs. Yet in the long run it gets too long-winded to be engrossing in some of the tracks. It might be a standard classic start when we tell you that the fifteen minutes long opener ‘I, Zombie’ begins with wandering bass notes and long drawling guitar sounds. After quite a long time, this echoing foundation is relished with clean, pontifical chants that initially really impress, but when you listen to the whole album, this initial charm disappears. That is why it is a good thing that they also add any rougher tinged vocals: too sharp to call them proper grunts, but they are not blackened either. Rather creepy vocals.
Towards the end there is suddenly a guitar solo, although these are not often used on this album and mostly too late as additional extra. That is a pity, since fervent soloing might have been the currants in this fatalistic brew we have to digest right here. In ‘Doombringer’ – it appears to be the catchiest song of the record – they added a wealthy sounding Hammond organ (played by guest musician Raveen Panday) and it turns into a fine addition to the guitar-oriented and sometimes a bit bare basis. As shortest track, ‘Frost And Steel’ is also the most up-tempo one, while ‘Harvest Of Kings’ most of all captivates with the fatalistic sung phrase ‘This is the day…’ and ongoing chorus. For the rest this happens to be an amalgamation of echoing guitars, slow ongoing heaviness and now and then a welcome break. They do not go off the beaten path of standard doom. They present us an album with a sure-fire production, however it does not belong to the top of the genre.