Konvent are a band from Copenhagen who make utterly destructive sounding death-doom. We recently named them an Artist You Need to Know on the strength of their awesome 2020 debut, Puritan Masochism, and its even darker, heavier, more unrelenting follow-up, Call Down the Sun (out now via Napalm Records). While the band deal in razor-wire riffs and eardrum-busting vocal explosions, their sound has a great deal of atmosphere and texture in it that makes Konvent difficult to place on the genre map.
Therefore, in honor of Call Down the Sun's release, we asked the four members of Konvent to pick eight albums that influence their sound and inspire them to make cutting-edge music. From anti-human death-grind to eerie doom-metal excellence, these are eight albums that shaped Konvent into the band they are today.
It was hard choosing just one album, because I'm just inspired by Amenra in general. [2012's Mass V is a] really awesome album. Amazingly dark, doomy and gloomy. Just right up my ally. - drummer Julie Simonsen
I would mention all of their albums if I could. I don't understand how Mick Kenney is capable of writing so much great music. I don't think he has written one single song that wasn't amazing! Dave Hunt's vocals changing between demonic and grand, almost operatic, [and] just complete the entire experience. I am highly considering buying their "Endarkenment - A Pig With Cocks in it's Eyes" T-shirt as it is the epitome of disturbing and disgusting — what's not to like? I still haven't seen them live and I can't wait to have the opportunity! - vocalist Rikke Emilie List
I think all Cattle Decapitation fans held their breath when Death Atlas was released in 2019. I don't think anyone had thought they would be able to compete with their former album The Anthropocene Extinction from 2015, which personally is my favorite album of all time — but they did. The timing of releasing an album with the main theme of a plague destroying all humanity just before COVID-19 started a worldwide pandemic is mind-boggling in itself, but that put aside, the music and the interludes in between some of the songs absolutely slap.
I mean, who can avoid getting goosebumps when the voice on "The Great Dying, Pt. 2" says, "Annihilation is necessary?" This band has the ability to combine extremely fast and heavy drums and complex riffs with the most amazing melodies. Travis Ryan seems to be an icon to many metal singers, which is far from surprising as his vocal range and ear for melodies is really something else. - vocalist Rikke Emilie List
I was in love from the first time I saw this band live. I get so emotional every time I listen to Cult of Luna. Their songwriting is simply just amazing on this album. I really like the guitar tones and the raw drums. I feel like I am entering another world when I am listening to this album. This was the same feeling I was aiming for on Call Down the Sun. - guitarist Sara Helena Nørregaard
I don't remember how I found these guys, but I'm so glad I did! I've loved black-metal for a long time and this German band makes their own amazing blend. Their music is so melodic and graceful while still sounding absolutely beastly whenever the lead singer's scream starts. I've always been a big fan of high-pitched vocals and this guy is incredible at it! - bassist Heidi Withington Brink
Dvne is a band that is very difficult to place in a specific genre box. I have been in love with this band this since I heard their former album, Asheran, for the first time. I honestly feel like I have never heard anything like this before. Etemen Ænka is a masterpiece. They have such good variation in their music and I really love how the how the tempos change throughout the whole album. Really impressive album. - guitarist Sara Helena Nørregaard
This was the album that first got me into death metal. I discovered them back in 2014 when I was traveling to the festival Mörkaste Småland in Sweden, where they happened to be playing. I remember hearing this album for the first time and just falling in love with their take on death metal, how brutal yet beautiful it sounded. And I've loved the band ever since! - bassist Heidi Withington Brink
Also a tough one choosing just one YOB album! But I've been listening to this one to death. They're so great at creating tension and build up. They have really created their own eerie universe, which I hope we achieve as well on our album. - drummer Julie Simonsen