Moribundo (“dying” in Spanish) are a relatively new group of scene veterans from Spain, and last year’s Raíz Amarga (“bitter root” in Spanish) was a magnificent first impression for fans of melancholic death/doom. The group take a solid dose of inspiration from the vaunted “Peaceville Three” (Paradise Lost, Anathema, and My Dying Bride), but there’s much more to this impressive record than an inspired recreation of personal favorites. These four long songs are well-thought out and embrace a noted orchestral and folk tinge. Plus, there’s a hefty amount of bombast that contrasts nicely with the expected sections of pensive doom. It’s not to the off-the-rails insanity of Fleshgod Apocalypse, but these are clearly Baroque in composition, in addition to the expected gothic tendencies. This gives these songs a nice bit of depth beyond the standard death/doom template.

What’s particularly impressive is how Moribundo brings everything together. Sure, some moments tend to drag, like the midsection of “Vida”, which is also the longest track on the record, but there’s a purpose and empathetic reaction to these somber reflections on death and despair. The recording quality is a bit muddled and harsh, but it mostly works in the album’s favor to add another layer of dripping darkness over the music. Overall, this is impressive, pensive, and delightfully heavy. Fans of death/doom that isn’t afraid to stray a tad from the expected should immediately get on Moribundo.

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