Embracing the Lightless Depths
Along with the now-defunct Asunder, Portland, Oregon's Aldebaran are the West Coast's most prominent funeral / death / doom metal band. Despite only one proper album to their name, the group is relatively prolific, having released a number of EPs and appeared on many compilations and splits (with the likes of Unearthly Trance and Zoroaster, to name a few) since forming in 2004. Embracing the Lightless Depths is their long-awaited sophomore full-length—the follow-up to Dwellers in the Twilight (Parasitic Records, 2007)—and comes on the heels of last year's single-track, 30-minute EP Buried Beneath Aeons. Delivering their strongest material to date, the album takes Aldebaran's colossal funeral doom to its monolithic and monstrous zenith.