When you’re stuck in quicksand, movement is severely restricted by the oppressive sludge. Every effort to escape makes you more stuck. The occasional pocket of air might support you for a short while, giving you the illusion of hope, only to collapse under your weight. In the end there's no way to avoid being smothered, consumed by the dirt. Dwaal’s proverbial quicksand is a dense, hypnotic wall of sound. Their atmospheric blend of sludge, doom and post-metal is at the same time bone-crushingly heavy and depressingly melancholic. Gloomy riffs, epic atmospheres, despairing vocals one minute and minimalistic, lo-fi melodies the next. Gospel of the Vile is the first full length album from this six-headed monster from Oslo, Norway, following their self-released EP Darben (2017). The music is definitely rooted in Doom Metal, bearing also clear inspiration from Post-rock, traditional Metal and the ambience of Black Metal – Resulting in a massive sound, with moments of both brutality and beauty. The concept of the album is depicting humanity’s embracing of its inner darkness and the decline into a more primal state, with songs like “Gospel of the Vile” and “Obsidian Heart Burns” at the center of the lyrical universe. Gospel of the Vile is an album that challenges you to endure its every movement.