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Godthrymm: doom architects call in from the abyss

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Having served with the likes of Solstice, Vallenfyre and My Dying Bride, Hamish Glenncross has enjoyed front-row seats to the development of doom metal from a smattering of gloom-affiliated musicians into a rich genealogy that has spread across the globe.

“Vallenfyre were on tour in the US with Pallbearer when we got to know them,” Hamish says. “They were telling me how much they love my old body of work; it made me re-evaluate the records I’d been a part of over the years and re-connect with dear friends I hadn’t played with for a while.”

In turn, this laid the seeds for his new band, Godthrymm, a doom metal project that recaptures the magic of the 90s UK scene by taking the iconic combination of crushing walls of sound and fragile melodies and infusing them with fresh passion and ambition. With their debut record, Reflections, Godthrymm usher in the new decade with a record that almost serves as a state of the nation address to the whole genre

 “The album is a love letter to doom in its entirety; its history and its present state,” Hamish enthuses. “It’s funny: back when I was in Solstice we would often play shows to 20 people or whatever. These days you can go to something like Damnation Festival and see sold-out rooms gathering for those same bands – it’s all very cyclical!”  

Godrhythm’s Reflections is out now

 

Rich Hobson

Writer for Metal Hammer, Classic Rock and Louder, Rich has never met a feature he didn't fancy, which is just as well when it comes to covering everything rock, punk and metal for both print and online. Passionate about seeing the spread of metal on a global scale, Rich has spent the last decade seeking out emerging acts from around the world, covering everyone from Alien Weaponry and The Hu to Kaoteon, Nine Treasures and Jinjer, whilst also re-examining rock and metal history with bands like Faith No More, Sepultura and Ozzy Osbourne, alongside legendary events like Rock in Rio and the 1991 Clash Of The Titans tour.