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ALBUM REVIEW: Albez Duz - The Coming of Mictlan


With the amount of music being released worldwide these days, one has to waddle through a lot of dirt to uncover some true underground gems. Albez Duz is one such lost gem that I stumbled across recently. The duo of Impurus and Alfonso Lopez have released an Occult Doom Rock record that sends the listener back to the 90s in an instant - The Coming of Mictlan.

Musically speaking, there is nothing here that strays from the well-trodden path of doom metal. The traditional droned and distorted guitar riffs, along with blues guitar solos and slow tempo drumming play through most of the record. The use of keyboard symphonies in the background reminds one of the older doom metal acts. But, it’s the vocals by Alfonso Brito Lopez that make all the difference, highly reminiscent of the great voice of Pete Steele they make this album stand out from the rest of the pack.

The album kicks off with “Heaven’s Blind” and its booming and echoing narration with drums beating in the background slowly bringing in the gloom and doom into the listeners world. There is some classic doom that would fight right into the early 90’s in songs like “Fire Wings” and “Servants of Light”. The album at no point feels monotonous or too stretched. The subtle variation running through it helps keeps the listeners engrossed till the very end.

“Feathered Snake” sounds depressive and quite upbeat at the same time, giving out vibes of an alternative/blues rock track at times. “Drowned” is stripped off to a bare minimum, with the distorted guitar totally absent replaced by a solo acoustic tune playing through it with minimalist drumming in the background, making it stand out on the record.

Overall, Albez Duz are not pushing the boundaries of Doom Metal, yet have carved out their own space in the sub-genre with “The Coming of Mictlan”. The album feels extremely fresh and catchy, while blasting away some classic old-style occult doom metal. A must listen for fans of Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride and of course, Type O Negative.

Album Rating: 9/10

Reviewed By: Vidur Paliwal

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