The Departure of Conciousness is the debut full length album from American doomsters Fórn. With the sheer heaviness of Conan weighed down further by ten tonnes of despondency, it’s a devastatingly melancholic album of crushing doom.
Emergence kicks things off with strummed guitar, slow unsettling chord patterns, slowly ramping up the distortion and heaviness, although at four and a half minutes the point is a little laboured, but still serving as a decent enough intro. Dweller on the Threshold is where it starts to dish out the pain, heavy chunky distorted riffs pummel the listener in that slow mind numbingly heavy tone. Punchy drumming really hits home, pounding away with brute force against the sludgy tone with a menacing feel. What’s best is the vocals though, reeking of melancholy, low haunted screams sound tortured in their throaty forced delivery, while the guitar work evolves into sombre depths, coupling sorrowful minor chords with the distortion and heaviness. An initial build up gives way to a huge explosion of noise, a wall of sound heavy enough to shift the earth’s tectonic plates and start an earthquake. The effect is created by fast guitar work chugging away with that immense tone, complete with bowel shaking bass and the tortured screams. Smacking of pure nihilism and depression in the inhuman vocal delivery it’s an impressive piece of doom that’s particularly hateful. Towards the end though it starts to sound a bit bloated and after that wall of sound the relapse into the still impressive chunky riffs feels anti-climactic. Astral Plane is another great piece though, with slow droning guitar riffs, more insane howls and brilliant cymbal work crashing away madly. It’s so bleak and melancholic, slow and sombre and bathed in swathes of distortion that it just brings to mind the stench of rotting bodies and death,
Some of the best riffs on the whole album are on Alexithyma, slow and steeped in melancholy, and the way they change between different tempos shows fantastic song writing and pacing. Bringing the heaviness to the fore as it progresses, it’s completed by inhuman shrieks sounding completely bestial and unhinged in their throat ripping incomprehensibility.Quiet bright shimmering chord strumming create a little sense of beauty for the start of Suffering in the Eternal Void with a great melody accentuated by a smooth bass tone, a melody that’s retained when the heaviness comes in and it’s a track that’s melancholically beautiful and cathartic rather than apocalyptically nihlistic like the others. Unfortunately the outro Cerebral Intermission is dull, the boring chord strumming ending the album on a weak note.
Overall it’s a doom metal that’s incredibly well put together, soul crushingly heavy and with some of the most twisted vocals you’re likely to hear all year. The core of the sound sounds fantastic, and though there are a few niggles that need tweaking, like the anti-climactic outro and the ending of Dweller on the Threshold its still a mighty fine debut effort – tighten up a bit and their next and can be truly mind bending.