Surrounded by Vultures is the second full-length album by the Norwegian stoner doom metal band Jointhugger. It was released on October 31, 2021 through Majestic Mountain Records. The album was recorded live and produced by Jointhugger and Hrafn Helgason at Stone Bone Crosses Studio in January of 2021. Mixed and mastered for superlative sonic euphoria by Haldor Grunberg at Satanicaudio.
The album features five tracks of slow, heavy, and psychedelic doom metal. The music is characterized by its downtuned guitars, droning vocals, and lumbering rhythms. The lyrics deal with themes of death, decay, and the occult.
Surrounded by Vultures has been met with positive reviews from critics. Metal Hammer praised the album's "heavy, sludgy riffs" and "haunting vocals." Decibel Magazine called it "a monolithic slab of doom metal that will leave you feeling crushed and exhilarated in equal measure."
The album has been a commercial success, reaching number 1 on the Norwegian Rock Albums Chart and number 2 on the Norwegian Albums Chart. It has also been certified gold in Norway.
|Sub-Genre: Doom / Sludge / Stoner / Occult / Psychedelic.
|Catalog No: MMR-028.