Newcomers Raum Kingdom come from Ireland, and they bring with them anguish, gloom, and misery. The band plays a depressive hybrid of atmospheric sludge and post metal which is very dark and heavy. Their first release, also titled Raum Kingdom, is a five track EP that consists of some very dreary, slow-moving songs. Vocalist Dave Lee contributes blended cleanly sung lyrics with screaming rasps, which seems almost like whispered screams. His voice is interesting, and really adds some emotion with the mixture of styles. In the track Barren Objects, (which is by far my favorite) he also unites these vocals styles together to create some welcome diversity. Speaking of which, the tracks all featured here are consistently slow and doomy, with Andrew Colohan’s heavily distorted guitars bringing the darkness, Ronan Connor’s repetitive and dreary bass, and Mark Gilchrist’s crispy drumming. For the majority of the album, you get this. You also do get other notable moments, such as atmospheric lead guitar sections, post-metal styled rhythmic plucking, and odd moments of spoken word. The Spoken word track, Cross Reference, is my least favorite and in my opinion can be skipped completely, but the other tracks are a solid riff crunching, head banging good time. The lyrical themes present are what is to be expected; depressive emotions and feelings of loneliness, yet accompanied with this style of music it is not just incessant whining. . You may ask what makes this stand apart from other bands of the same style, and quite frankly I really don’t know. Overall, this release is great, full of emotionally dark instrumentation. I’d say for a first release, this is worthwhile. I recommend checking them out if you are into some dark doomy sludge with post-metal styles mixed in.
Genre: Sludge, Post Metal
Location: Drogheda/Ardee/Swords, Ireland
Release: April 15th, 2014