Named after an ethanol and opium combination, this trio from Oakland plays an intriguing mixture of sludge doom and post rock, with a smattering of industrial textures here and there.
Simply put, this album is structured as cycles of alternating ambient and sludgy parts, the former setting an ominous, droning mood and the latter intruding violently, bursting with abrasive sludgy guitars and angry vocals that end abruptly after a few minutes. As weird as it may sound, this type of structuring works like a charm: the juxtaposition of two very different styles complement and augment each other establishing a soft / hard dynamic not that different from the clichéd quiet verse / loud chorus post grunge songwriting.
In the end, with Coronation, Laudanum succeeds on giving a very limited metal sub style some freshness and vitality while building a frightening emotional rollercoaster... a snail paced rollercoaster that is. Extreme doom metal fans will just love this album while other metal fans should approach with caution.