Funeral doom can be a masochistic labor of love, each slogging, gargantuan note ringing out with such immensity that it's easy to lose attention or be put off by the vast chasms of space between. Few bands are talented enough to bridge those sonic gaps with enough tense interest to hold a listener's attention, but Comatose Vigil A.K. prove with their latest four-track album Evangelium Nihil that they are masters of that skill.
Atonal guitar wails and plodding, measured beats punctuated by brief but gripping fills form the basis for a solid doom album, but what sets this work apart is the synth-driven eeriness, an atmospheric terrorizer oozing malevolence and bile. Enrapturing and revolting at once, vocalist and mainstay member A.K. iEzor's voice is truly a horror, pouring forth from what sound like demonic chambers.
All four of the LP's tracks clock in at 16 minutes and up, making this a true experience rather a conglomeration of songs. The stodgy tempo rarely varies, but it doesn't need to — this is no casual listening midday pick-me-up, it's a knock-down, drag-out, beat-you-over-the-fucking-head black hole of suffering and despair. By the time the swarming fly samples make their introduction at the end of "Deus Sterilis," you'll wonder if you're dead or dreaming.