Bereft - Leichenhaus

Bereft is a sludgy doom band that consists of members of Abysmal Dawn, Intronaut and The Faceless. Their album "Leichenhaus" (which apparently means morgue in German) is an absolute beast of an album. The songs are s-l-o-w as fuck with hooks that will stay in your head for days. Think early Cathedral or November's Doom, yet at the same time unique.
One issue I've had with many doom albums in the past is that many of the songs seem to drag on forever with no real point to them other than to be as oppressive and melancholic as possible.
With Bereft, most of the songs are between 5-6 minutes long, however there are no breaks between most tracks so at times it does seem like you are listening to a long song. The thing is that it works and one never feels their attention wander or feel like the album is dragging on. While all of the songs are good, standout tracks include "Mentality of the Inanimate" and "A Cruel Mirage"
Overall I found "Leichenhaus" to be an amazing record and one of the best of the year so far. (9.5/10)