Doom metal quartet Apostle of Solitude's 2008 full-length debut, Sincerest Misery, was a colossal collection of bottom-dwelling metal. The follow-up, Last Sunrise, is in the same vein. Why mess with a formula when you got it right the first time?
Like its predecessor, Last Sunrise was recorded at Russian Recording in Southern Indiana, in a big open space. That spaciousness is evident in drummer Corey Webb's thundering beats and the guitars' menacingly hirsute sound. Somehow Chuck Brown's haunted croon manages to rise above the din.
The title track's portentous death march opens the proceedings. The one-two punch of "Acknowledging the Demon" and "Other Voices" opens up a clangorous aggression, the latter boasting a wounded blues wail.
After that the album settles into more of a crepuscular lumber on "Letting Go of the Wheel" and "Hunter Sick Rapture." Their seasoned hell-spawn roar remains part of the mix, but especially on "December Drives Me to Tears," piano and spindly chords combine for an icy melody. "Coldest Love" starts with the down-tuned sepulchral swing this band has mastered before adding a dirgy pummel.
Covers of The Misfits and Born Against, which close Last Sunrise, show Apostle of Solitude have serious punk chops too.Hear: "December Drives Me To Tears," from Last Sunrise (via Profound Lore):