Album: The End Is Nigh
Label: Despotz Records
Genre: Folk Doom Metal
Release Date: May 12, 2017
If you have yet to discover the Swedish doom metal band Apocalypse Orchestra, I am here today to introduce you to them.
Apocalypse Orchestra released their album The End Is Nigh back in May 2017. The End Is Nigh is an 8 track album that talks about plagues, hell, meaningless war and suffering. This album is crafted full of dark folklorish doom metal music that gives a different style of the typical doom metal most listeners are used to hearing or expect to hear.
Many times the vocals throughout the album sound almost as if they are performing some sort of dark and eerie Benedictine Monk chanting like heard in a “Gregorian Chant” while mixed with the musical sound of heavy doom guitar riffs, dooming drums and an instrument that most listeners would just assume is a bagpipe but in actuality is a hurdy-gurdy. If you are asking yourself right now “what the hell is a hurdy-gurdy?”, check out this TED Talks video that explains the hurdy-gurdy in depth. You can also see Mikael playing the hurdy-gurdy in their music video at the bottom of this post.
From the beginning of this album to the end I imagined this music lined up as a score on shows such as Game of Thrones, Vikings, The Last Kingdom and any other show along these lines. Their music perfectly fits the genre of medieval cinematic and historical shows that many viewers are so deeply invested in today. So I believe that listeners who don’t typically like doom metal will like this album because of the unique style Apocalypse Orchestra has added to their sound.
The album is available today most places you get your music so pick up a copy, I highly recommend this album.
I also had a chance to have a chat with Mikael Lindström of Apocalypse Orchestra about the new album so check out the audio interview below then check out the video of “The Garden of Earthly Delights” from the The End Is Nigh.
Audio Interview with Mikael Lindström
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