Of Loss and Grief
“This is a colossal 73-minute journey into darkness, travelling with the band through crushing soundscapes of emotional distress and internal ruin."
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“This is a colossal 73-minute journey into darkness, travelling with the band through crushing soundscapes of emotional distress and internal ruin. Of Loss and Grief revels in creating huge depressive soundscapes full of feelings of loss, woe, and tragedy. Slow and heavy, moving with glacial intent and despondent allure, the songs gradually unfold into dark hymns to mourning and death. Richly sombre leads and layers of keyboards increase the emotive impact of the songs as they work their way through your emotional defences, dragging you down out of the light into the band’s underground world of loss and pain. It’s not pleasant, but it’s not called funeral doom for no reason”. - Wonderbox Metal
"Don't be fooled into thinking that makes it any less of a harrowing and - yes, funereal - experience, however. Contributions like Riccardo's shifting guitar lines, Juan Escobar's clean vocals and keyboards, and the lovely semi-acoustic and choral inputs along the way may contrast against the darker and more cavernous passages, but they venture no further toward the light than a sense of abiding melancholy and grief. Sadly, this album also marks the end of Rob Mura's time with the band. I don't know if he knew this would be a swansong at the time of recording, but regardless, it's a real high note to end on. Or, more accurately, a low one: his deep and bitter growls give 'Of Loss...' a real bite and conviction. A hard act to replace, without doubt, but that's for the future - here, he's just about perfect. And, for me, the multi-layered vocals on 'All I've Loved', including a beautiful clean performance from Sophie Day, are a simply sublime album highlight." - DoomMetal.com
“A quintet at the time, Aphonic Threnody's most recent album, Of Loss and Grief, explores many stirring tropes of doom. Over six songs, the international band rips your heart out with poignant and diverse compositions. Subtle homages to My Dying Bride and Mournful Congregation emerge, the opening "Despondency" certainly makes that clear Much of this tone carries throughout the first half of the record. Personally, it all seems to build to Of Loss and Grief's fourth track, "Lies." The nearly 20-minute track is the album's evocative centerpiece. A primarily acoustic piece, it taps into an emotional center that thunderous death-doom can sometimes fail to reach. Of course, Aphonic Threnody marries this acoustic dirge—accentuated by somber piano keys—to towering sections of guitar riffs. It is at its best on this track in particular.” - Metal Injection
“They sure achieved that aim on this album, from start to finish, I physically felt the envelopment of this depressive veil, perhaps through prior emotional conditioning but mostly via deftly skilful, if not a tad generic, funereal doom metal.” - Overdrive Music Magazine
“Vocally, the album has plenty of grief (for lack of a better word) and makes for a really captivating listen. The deep growls are impressive and command attention but do not come across as too monotone or grating during these tracks. Funeral Doom can run the risk of sounding far too similar to itself track after track but these guys do a good job crafting songs and music that can differentiate itself from song to song. Even the length of the tracks works perfectly here, as giving the longest of the songs at the start and around the middle of the album surely showcase the weight of the band, but allow the shorter songs to act as a slight buffer if you will between them. As odd as that may seem, given the band’s constant pursuit of despondency, there is something nice about not having each and every track break come close to the 15-minute mark or more.
That being said though, a real highlight and focal point of the album comes in the longest track, “Lies”. Giving the listener a bit of everything the band has to offer, the near 20-minute track breezes by and creates some truly haunting moments. The clean vocals used in the track are bright, and beautiful, which are the perfect fit against the acoustic guitars and gorgeous piano work throughout the first part of the track. As the song builds to the heavier sections, the tension feels real and shows that these guys are great song writers. The flow of the track is commendable and the back and forth with the heavier and slower sections feels natural. The band shows they can work well within the more confined structure of an eight minute piece, or going all out over 19 plus minutes.” - Metal-Observer
“In the six songs there are no fillers, all of it is the result of a true and perceived inspiration for the dark side of life that is in each of us and which the doom listener constantly nourishes. The ideas and the sounds flow naturally, there is nothing manieristic: these songs tell a journey in human misery, the loss of hope, and an endless passage like Lies must find the listener prepared for this art form that, a hectic and often inconclusive world, needs to be slowly metabolized to penetrate deep into the soul.” - metaleyes.iyezine.com/aphonic-threnody-of-loss-and-grief/
"It’s difficult to describe music of the kind captured in these two songs without resorting to cliched terms — because they so grippingly capture primal sensations of loss, grief, and the haunting specter of despair. They sink deep into lightless pools of tears, dragged down by cavernous, craggy vocals, groaning riffs, and moaning arpeggios. They also reflect the emotional shattering that comes from personal trauma, nerves pushed to the breaking point in “Life Stabbed Me Once Again” by a searing guitar solo and tortured shrieks.
But Aphonic Threnody find a kind of mystical relief from these oppressive clouds of gloom, shining glimmering lights into these graves of vanquished dreams. Moments of tragic beauty can be found in both songs, and the core melodies are as enthralling as they are sorrowing. And in the second song, “All I Have Loved”, Soph Day’s gorgeous voice (both somber and soaring) pulls particularly hard on the heartstrings, just as the band themselves build to a plateau of ashen grandeur, with equally sublime and mournful strings accenting the music. It may be one of the most beautiful metal songs you’ll hear this year — and also one of the most anguished." - No Clean Singing
“The Aphonic Threnody of "Of Loss And Grief" is, therefore, a band that is deeply different from the beginning; however, they do not betray expectations and even this second album is a bomb.
Such a crude and profound suffering that one can not, once again, remain indifferent to the music of the Aphonic Threnody. So alive, so full, that it seems to be able to touch it with every new riff, every shout. Poor gems of this caliber are rarely heard, but perhaps it is good, because we can appreciate them even more.” - www.aristocraziawebzine.com/recensioni/8757-aphonic-threnody-of-loss-and-grief