Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Pendulous - Mirrored Confessions tape

California isn't the first place that comes to mind when you think of funeral doom. The crushing laments of the genre are more traditionally associated with the perpetually grey skies of the north of England, and freezing winters in southern Finland.

Los Angeles natives Pendulous' debut release Mirrored Confessions proves that people can be utterly miserable no matter how sunny their environment may be.

When the opening notes of 'Reflections' wind their way out of the tape, they are a mere harbinger of the calamitous cacophony created by the full band [...] When the track culminates in plaintive guitar and deep, rich piano, it has what a surprising number of bands of this ilk lack; it actually sounds truly mournful. This exceptional quality is what puts them firmly in the upper echelons of the genre, alongside their contemporaries in Loss and Bell Witch.

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