Metal Review – Mournful Congregation – The Unspoken Hymns (2011)

Mournful Congregation - The Unspoken HymnsThe Unspoken Hymns is a compilation release which collects five tracks by funeral doom masters Mournful Congregation. The tracks previously existed only on various limited edition and out-of-print vinyl releases, so this is quite a catch for fans of Mournful Congregation and funeral doom or doom metal in general. I would expect that this release would be more for Mournful Congregation fans than non-fans, but overall, this is a solid collection of songs.

As you would expect, the tempo is slow and heavy and the tones are dark. As most doom metal goes, Mournful Congregation is not for everyone as it is very depressive music. You will find no upbeat tones or love songs in this genre of metal. If you are a fan of slow, evil songs, then this will be a treat for you.

This September, 20 Buck Spin will unleash an amassed collection of long out-of-print material from Australian funeral doom icons, MOURNFUL CONGREGATION, onto North American audiences.

Set for official release on in CD and high-quality digital download on September 20, 2011, this collective release, aptly entitled The Unspoken Hymns, bears five mammoth tracks previously only available via a limited-edition run vinyl-only splits MOURNFUL CONGREGATION released with like-minded, respected funeral acts Worship, Stabat Mater and Stone Wings. The disc also includes a new, remixed version of the song “Left Unspoken” — the original version appearing on the Four Burials split that also featured Loss and Otesanek — as well as their cover Thergothon’s song “Elemental.”

The Unspoken Hymns Track Listing:
1. Left Unspoken (new version)
2. The Epitome Of Gods And Men Alike
3. A Slow March To The Burial
4. Descent Of The Flames
5. Elemental (Thergothon cover)