Everyone needs a little depressive music to help cope with the long winter months ahead, unless of course you are just north or south of the equator. And Catacombs ‘In the Depths of R’lyeh’ is just such an album. Clocking in at over an hour in total each track on the record, most of them well over the ten-minuet mark create an atmosphere as deep and seemingly impossible as the Lovecraft works that inspired them.
Xathagorra Mlandroth is the one man responsible for this, continuing his work in Hierophant with Catacombs in 2000. Worth of a listen from even the most discerning doom-metal fan, ‘In The Depths’ takes its listeners on a depressive journey through the mind of a man who himself is on a journey through the depths of the Cthulhu Mythos. “In The Depths…’ is best enjoyed alone when you are in an imaginative mood with little else going on, cranking up the stereo and running the treadmill will do this album no justice.