Witching Chronicles: Exploring The Brume’s Marten

San Francisco’s BRUME has always thrived in the shadows, and their third full-length album, “Marten,” solidifies their place as masterful purveyors of the darker side of music. With their signature blend of doom metal, goth, and indie rock, BRUME takes listeners on an evocative journey that is as haunting as it is beautiful.

The addition of Jackie Perez Gratz on cello and vocals adds a new layer of depth and richness to BRUME’s sound. Her contributions are seamlessly woven into the fabric of the album, enhancing the band’s already complex and textured music. The cello brings an element of sophistication and emotional intensity that elevates “Marten” to new heights.

Throughout the album, BRUME balances monolithic heaviness with delicate, ethereal moments. The band’s ability to create vast, atmospheric soundscapes is remarkable, drawing the listener into a world where melancholy and grandeur coexist. The interplay between the instruments and Susie McMullan’s haunting vocals creates a deeply immersive experience.

“Marten” is a cohesive work that flows organically from one track to the next. The album requires patience and introspection, rewarding those who take the time to fully engage with its depths. The themes of loss, longing, and existential dread are explored with a lyrical and musical sensitivity that resonates deeply.

The production on “Marten” allows each element to shine without overpowering the others. The guitars are heavy and melodic, the cello mournful and resonant, and the rhythm section provides a solid foundation that drives the music forward. This balance of elements creates a sound that is both massive and intimate.

BRUME’s willingness to push the boundaries of their sound is evident throughout “Marten.”

“Marten” is a significant achievement for BRUME. It showcases their ability to blend heaviness with delicacy, creating music that is emotionally powerful and sonically rich. For fans of doom metal, goth, and indie rock, “Marten” is an essential listen that cements BRUME’s reputation as one of the most innovative and compelling bands in the contemporary music scene.

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Released by Magnetic Eye Records on May 3rd, 2024

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