Aseethe's new record Reverent Burden is as righteously heavy as anything I've heard this year; slow, crawling, plodding, and droning doom of the very highest caliber. That would likely be enough to earn the record my highest recommendation, but there is much more going on here. The drones are more than held chords, in the case of this record - they provide an almost ambient quality that makes this monster of an album so much more than just a drone-doom album. There is an ethereal, floating feeling to the record that brings you high above the waters before drowning you in them. And indeed, those waters are murky, dirty and dark as hell.
It doesn't hurt that the record was pressed on 180 gram black vinyl, and packaged in thick, reverse-cardstock jackets that contain a unique, numbered insert which is actually a page of a ledger kept by a British handyman in the 1930s that the band then printed designs on with solarplates. For good measure, the record was mastered by the seemingly sleepless James Plotkin, who, as always, did a fantastic job making this sound amazing. It's quite apparent that great care was taken with every aspect of the making of this record, and I won't be the only one to appreciate the lengths the band went to to make this one special. They've released this one themselves, on their new label Floating Cave (this is the first Floating Cave release). It is now available from a number of fine outlets, including Aquarius Records, Halo of Flies, Vacation Vinyl, and Howling Mine, among others. Do yourself a great favor and pick one up as soon as you can.