I've been patiently been waiting for this one..
Mournful Congregation's newest offering, "The Book of Kings" is exactly what the title describes - it is the defining tome as written by the kings of funeral doom. This brooding, atmospheric, beautiful, and slow album is a four song, 77 minute epic, filled to the brim with somber melodies and expansive harmonies. With ever-growing walls of guitar and fortified with deep, thick bass and cavernous drums, "The Book of Kings" is almost a castle within itself, built brick by brick by the prodigious doom metal architects themselves. Never leaving a processional pace, Mournful Congregation have truly outdone themselves with "The Book of Kings", their sense of harmonic construction and melodrama sets them apart from the rest of the normally dull and uninspired genre of funeral doom metal. The kings themselves have written their own book, and it is good...very, very good. One of the best that came out this year, be sure to grab it here.