Hailing from Portland, OR, Rolling Through The Universe are one of the finer bands in the Northwest doom/sludge scene. After countless line-up changes in this band that actually only has a limited number of member, Rolling Through The Universe have released their third album, Lethe.
While Rolling Through The Universe are considered a sludge/doom/prog band, their sound on Lethe is more atmospheric doom with a few progressive elements that sludge or drone. At times, the sheer heaviness and depth of the tracks reminds me of Rolling Through The Universe's faster brother Primordial. On “Fall of the Corona”, the riff goes back to the early days of Metallica. Overall, you can hear many influences on Lethe – influences that go way beyond the standard sludge/doom. You can feel how these guys love music in many forms.
Lethe contains 6 tracks, all well over five minutes, which makes for a total playing time of 46 minutes. One of the highlights of the album is “Claw of the Conciliator”: it is groovy, repetitive in a transcendental way and the riff is just one hell of guitar sound.
For doom-fans who want to hear something new, and other metalheads alike, Lethe by Rolling Through The Universe is a pleasantly varied album of unsettling heavy and slow guitar riffs.
2. Fall of the Corona
4. Claw of the Conciliator
6. Subject of Discord
Label: Hidden Temple Records