Genre: Death Metal/Grind
Album Year: 2013
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Once in a while, an album comes along that sets its own standards. It doesn’t abide by any single genre’s rules and regulations, but rather it sets its own rules. The latest album by the Australian based A Million Dead Birds Laughing does just that.
From its eerie, tortured soul intro straight through to its grand finale, the album Bloom takes the listener on a wild ride through the decaying, murky forests of the human psyche. With moments of gloom, doom, despair, and anguish, the sound of the album touches on everything from technical death metal, to black metal, to samurai funeral doom metal.
Short, dynamic tracks like Rashomon showcase their seamless transitions from a technical sound to a much more blackened sound, while longer tracks like Praxis and Bloom send the listener speeding down the rabbit hole towards a certain sense of impending demise.
Quite frankly, its not an easy task to put the sounds of this album into writing. Its quite honestly one of the most original pieces of heavy metal I’ve heard in quite some time. This is an album that surely would have made my Top Albums of 2013 list had I heard it last year, but alas, I only discovered it within the past week.
This album pays homage to bands like The Ocean, The Faceless, and Sigh, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a fresh, original sound.