Fossilization - He Whose Name Was Long Forgotten (2021)
Fossilization is a death metal band formed by a couple of members of excellent sludge metal outfit Jupiterian and this 25 minute EP is their debut release so, considering my love of both old-school death metal and Jupiterian's sludge, consequently I went into it with very high expectations. Unfortunately maybe these expectations were unrealistic and, in truth, I found this a little disappointing. It has a great cavernous sound as any decent old-school doom-ridden death metal should, but somehow the songs just don't grab me like I'd hoped. V's vocals that suit Jupiterian's sludge so well don't quite pull of the OSDM growl successfully and it all sometimes gets a little too frantic. Maybe it'll grow on me more as time passes, but for now it feels like a missed opportunity.