Some of the most crippling doom acts of recent joined forces in 2008 for a four-way pout off called Four Burials. The funeral procession begins with Otesanek from Philadelphia. Their contribution, "Seven Are They," plods like a hulking, lumbering pachydoom, but unfortunately it gets a bit tiring. Loss follow up with a gorgeous track called "Death March Toward My Ruin." Loss is a band who have never let me down, this one is no exception, just devastating. Spain's Orthodox is another band whose body of work has captivated me. Their druggy hypnotic "Heritage" stretches over eighteen minutes of delicate Krautrock doom. The whole service comes to a despondent close with the Australian band Mournful Congregation and their song "Left Unspoken" a cavernous lament that towers and then sinks into drunken despair. Four Burials is a massive testimonial from some of the finest and most heartfelt doom bands of the last five years. So highly recommended it isn't even funny.