Album Review – Sullen Guest / Phase EP (2022)

Lithuania’s own Death and Doom Metal ambassadors will darken your heart and soul once again with their new EP, inspired by the five psychological stages of grief.

Vilnius, Lithuania-based Death and Doom Metal ambassadors Sullen Guest are ready to strike again with a brand new concept EP, titled Phase, the follow-up to their awesome 2021 opus Chapter III. Inspired by the idea that every person is forced to go through the five primary feelings or five psychological stages of grief, Phase beautifully showcases all the passion and focus that vocalist and guitarist Inanitas, guitarist Tenebra, bassist Mortem and drummer Doloribus put in the making of the album, with each song having its own mood, melody and pace, turning the EP into a must-listen for admirers of the melancholy crafted by renowned acts such as Paradise Lost, Swallow The Sun and Katatonia.

The visceral roars by Inanitas together with his and Tenebra’s raw, dirty riffs create a massive wall of sounds in Come With Me, a vicious Doom Metal feast where Doloribus crushes his drums nonstop supported by the pounding bass by Mortem, darkening our hearts for all eternity; whereas Voice Of The Subconscious begins in an absolutely grim and melancholic mode, living up to the legacy of classic doom while Inanitas exhales anguish and despair through his venomous growls in paradox with the song’s ethereal backing vocals. Furthermore, their guitars will pierce your minds mercilessly  in the name of darkness, and the fires of Death Metal and Blackened Doom burn in perfect sync in Assent, with the hammering, sluggish beats by Doloribus dictating the song’s lugubrious pace while the melodic riffage by Inanitas and Tenebra will put you in a damned trance until the song’s somber ending. In addition, if you go for the physical copy of the EP, you’ll be treated to instrumental versions of all three songs which contain some additional riffs and melodies to make them even more interesting and engaging.

You can put your hands of doom on Phase by purchasing it directly from Sullen Guest’s BandCamp page or from Apple Music really soon, and if you want to show your support to those Lithuanian musicians before the EP sees the light of day (or maybe I should say the dark of night) you should follow them on Facebook and on Instagram for news, tour dates and other nice-to-know information about the band, and also stream their music on YouTube and on Spotify. Phase will certainly reach the deepest corners inside your heart, carving the stylish hybrid of Death and Doom Metal by Sullen Guest on your soul and, consequently, taking you on a one-way journey into darkness exactly the way we like it in extreme music.

Best moments of the album: Voice Of The Subconscious.

Worst moments of the album: None.

Released in 2022 Independent

Track listing
1. Come With Me 6:54
2. Voice Of The Subconscious 9:26
3. Assent 6:50

Physical CD bonus tracks
4. Come With Me (Instrumental) 6:54
5. Voice Of The Subconscious (Instrumental) 9:26
6. Assent (Instrumental) 6:50

Band members
Inanitas – XII – vocals, guitar
Tenebra – I – guitar
Mortem – XIV – bass
Doloribus – XI – drums

1 thought on “Album Review – Sullen Guest / Phase EP (2022)

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