2016 was a pretty good year for all things doom, methinks. RockmusicRaider just released a review on the US band Khemmis and their kind of progressive and melodious doomish self. And – whoom – here we go again. The fearless RMR scout team just unearthed a tasty morsel of a similar ilk from very late in 2016. But mostly delivered in best, growly Doom Metal fashion – with clear vocals and croaks expertly mixed. And the team here thought that the slowly chugging beat of My Dying Bride could not be bested. But the Swedish act Vanha with their début Within the Mist of Sorrow are a sure contender to do just that.
Vanha contributes just that decisive additional quantum of technical prowess and lemon-scented sadness to their weeping piece of work that Paradise Lost never chose to enact in their latest. They take emotion and desperation to a whole new level. It is only The Reticent and their offering in 2016 who beat them to the punch lately. Of course, the latter is more hunting the holy prog grounds and does not necessarily partake in the Doom Metal crowd. Now back to Vanha: How to describe this raging torrent of sadness hurtling towards us? Well, it is really this mix of a goodly measure of Paradise Lost together with two large shots of Draconian Sovran-esqe sad-drops in it. [...]