Father Merrin are a band from France that plays a mixture of doom, sludge and stoner metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 ep "All Is Well That Ends In Hell".
A very dark and heavy doom metal sound starts off the ep along with some melodic clean singing vocals and a few seconds later whispers and melodies become a part of the bands musical style a s well as getting heavier and adding in elements of stoner and sludge and the vocals also start to get a lot more rougher and aggressive in the Cathedral direction and they also have a death metal feeling to them at times.
All of the musical instruments have a very powerful sound to them on the recording and on the second track clean playing starts being added into the bands musical style along with a small amount of spoken word parts being used on a couple of tracks and the music never loses its heaviness and all of the tracks stick to a slow or mid paced direction and one of the tracks has a crust punk feeling being mixed in along with some horror movies samples and th e last song uses some 70's style organs.
Father Merrin have a very interesting approach to doom metal taking the traditional style of the early 80's and mixing in a heavy does of Celtic Frost and Cathedral influences along with some sludge and stoner metal elements to give the music a more modern day edge, the production sounds very professional for being a self released recording and the lyrics cover occult and historical themes.
In my opinion Father Merrin are a very great sounding mixture of doom, sludge and stoner metal and if you are a fan of those musical genres, you should check out this band. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Dawn Of the Sixth Day" and "The Albigensian Crusade". 8/5 out of 10.