Australia’s ageless kings of extreme doom MOURNFUL CONGREGATION return for the first time since 2018’s monumental The Incubus Of Karma album. Now in 2022 comes The Exuviae Of Gods – Part I, the first in a two-part EP series to bridge the gap between full-length albums.
Perhaps known equally for the colossal length of their songs as much as their evocative and somber magnificence, an EP for MOURNFUL CONGREGATION amounts to a sprawling three tracks over thirty-seven minutes in length. Two new tracks, the lachrymose funereal dirge “Mountainous Shadows, Cast Through Time” and the largely acoustic reflective dream of “The Exuviae Of Gods,” present the ongoing expansion of the MOURNFUL CONGREGATION universe. And lastly, the band has revisited and re-recorded one of their oldest tracks dating all the way back to their 1995 demo days with An Epic Dream Of Desire.
Over a discography spanning three decades, the towering legacy of one of the longest running underground extreme/funeral doom bands in the metal underground is unassailable, and The Exuviae Of Gods – Part I is another brick in MOURNFUL CONGREGATION’s timeless ongoing bequest bestowed upon this mortal coil. Fans of Atramentus, Dream Unending, Worm, Skepticism, Bell Witch, Evoken, Ahab, Thergothon, and Esoteric, this is a must-hear.
The drums on The Exuviae Of Gods – Part I were recorded at Red Lantern Studios in Portland, Oregon by Evan Mersky, while the rest of the tracks were recorded and the record mixed at the Cave Studio in Adelaide, Australia by Damon Good. Mastering was handled Brad Boatright at Audiosiege (Come To Grief, Nightfell, Yatra) and the artwork created by Karmazid (Abruptum, Summoning, Urfaust, Egregore).
Check out a teaser with clips from the songs on MOURNFUL CONGREGATION’s The Exuviae Of Gods – Part I