Unspoken Hymns20 Buck Spin
Australia’s Mournful Congregation have existed in some form or another since the mid 1990s. They are well known in the international underground metal scene as forerunners of the funeral doom sub-genre, where they sit with Skepticism, Asunder and scant few others as longtime torchbearers of a unique sound. Alongside members’ involvement in numerous other projects, including Stargazer and Cauldron Black Ram, 2011 marks a period of increased activity for the band.
With Mournful Congregation’s fourth studio album, The Book of Kings, set for a November release on 20 Buck Spin, the label presents The Unspoken Hymns, a compilation of Mournful Congregation tracks previously released on limited-run, vinyl-only splits with like-minded, respected funeral doomers Worship, Stabat Mater and Stone Wings. The disc also includes a newer, remixed version of the song “Left Unspoken” which originally appeared in an earlier form on the Four Burials split that also featured Loss, among others. Their cover of “Elemental” by the influential Thergothon is also included.
2011 will also see Mournful Congregation make their stateside live debut in support of the forthcoming album with West Coast dates in December, culminating in a headlining appearance at the third annual Rites of Darkness festival in San Antonio.