Here we have the self-titled, sophomore release from Finnish psychedelic doom/space rock act Domovoyd, a group that is quickly becoming a force on the Svart Records roster. These guys have obviously listened to their old Pink Floyd, Hawkwind, and Saint Vitus albums, as the music at times brings to mind all these vintage acts, but mixes the influences into a blender and out spews something completely different. "Domovoyage" kicks things off in nightmarish fashion, as trippy, spaced out effects pulse and meander along before brutal sludge riffs and gruff vocals come into play to obliterate the acid drenched tranquility. "Ambrosian Perfume" is a slow builder, eventually morphing into a crushing blend of Hawkwind, Saint Vitus, and Motorhead, complete with anguished screams, fat bass lines, huge riffs, and wah-wah guitar solos. After the mostly quiet "Caustic Afterglow", "Mystagogue" lurches in with booming bass, pounding drums, and fuzz laden riffing, easily one of the albums more upbeat tracks. For pure doom riffing, there's "Amor Fati", and the album closes with the near 18-minute epic "Vivid Insanity", the first half taken up by Pink Floyd-meets-Hawkwind styled space rock before crushing riffs, psychedelic solos, and violent screams take the song to its ultimate climax.
This is a solid release, though I'm finding its promise of delivering a 'tribute to the progressive rock masterpieces of yesteryear' to be quite understated. Yes, there are some space rock flavors at various times throughout Domovoyd, but for the most part, this is quite simply enjoyable sludge & doom with psychedelic overtones, which is quite sufficient on its own.