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Dark Castle's Surrender To All Life Beyond All Form may deliver the same measure of riff-heavy sonic doom that first put frontwoman Stevie Floyd and drummer Rob Shaffer on the metal map with 2009's Spirited Migration, but it also suggests there are nuanced layers to what heaviness can be. The musical and vocal diversity is evident on both the title track and "Seeing Through Time," where soft (and surprising) mid-range coos open up to dense and gravelly textures. Their deployment of unique time signatures, and their gentle application of keyboards and sound effects create a distinctive quality not usually attributed to doom metal. It's also clear throughout that the band wanted to create a cohesive collection of songs Surrender alternates between shadowing the music with heaviness and, occasionally, revealing rays of bright light.