Arizona-based (by way of New Jersey) Catacombs took form in 2002 as a one-man doom metal act. An EP was issued in 2003 and a full-length appeared in 2006. Upon release, Russi abandoned the concept and announced the death of the project. A month later brought the news that Catacombs might in fact persevere. The man/band again duly changed his mind and announced the definitive doom of the band.
CATACOMBS - IN THE DEPTHS OF R’LYEH - MORIBUND
This is for you if you have recently given up on life and await the music to reflect it.
Catacombs is the type of doom metal that crushes from the first note with deep, dark and deathly slow atmospherics. Clearly influenced by the writings of H.P. Lovecraft (given the band’s name, album’s title and artwork), the one-man doom force uses dissident growling and a slow execution of notes and distorted chords to shatter the still of time and space. Dead Dripping City, At The Edge Of The Abyss and, in particular, Where No Light Hath Shown (But For That Of The Moon) use single notes as if beacons to a place forbidden and sinister. The obvious comparisons are Thergothon, Evoken, Shape Of Despair and Disembowelment, but the mist moans and whispers that catacombs is that much heavier, that much more bloodcurdling and that much more threatening. Everything about In The Depths of R’lyeh denotes fear, strength, majesty, gloom and the power to be. This is the echo of the unspeakable. - Ali “The Metallian”