ESOTERIC — The Maniacal Vale

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4.31 | 17 ratings | 2 reviews
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Album · 2008

Tracklist

Disc 1
1. Circle (20:45)
2. Beneath This Face (11:22)
3. Quickening (12:19)
4. Caucus of Mind (07:22)

Disc 2
1. Silence (15:45)
2. The Order of Destiny (11:33)
3. Ignotum Per Ignotius (22:43)

Total Time 101:49

Line-up/Musicians

- Gordon Bicknell / guitar
- Greg Chandler / vocals, guitar
- Steve Peters / guitar, bass
- Keith York / drums
- Trevor Lines / bass

About this release

Released in the US, 2008. Was previously only available from the band at concerts.

Thanks to progkidjoel for the addition and siLLy puPPy, Unitron for the updates

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Warthur
On The Maniacal Vale Esoteric play a death-tinged psychedelic variety of funeral doom, with slow, ponderous riffs, death-grunt vocals and the occasional lapse into spacey, psychedelic territory of the sort explored by early Pink Floyd (say, on the live side of Ummagumma) or Hawkwind. Though the compositions tend to stretch out to vast lengths, we aren't quite dealing with full-on drone metal here; although things happen slowly, there's an awful lot of things that do happen, and the sound of the band is actually extremely varied. As an introduction to the funeral doom genre - which is what it is for me - it's a very capable one and it certainly makes me want to hear more both of the genre and of Esoteric themselves.

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mlkpad14
Brilliant!

I'm a little bit of a newbie to doom metal, but so far I love the thirty or so albums I've listened to... And this is the best one!

Each piece flows beginning to end and into the next. The atmosphere this album explores is crafted in the most beautiful way, and the layering adds so much to the pieces. The heaviness is so heavy it's awesome!

I can't wait to hear the rest of this band's work, but I doubt it'll be as good as this... Honestly, I'm just baffled by this masterpiece!

To conclude, I really liked this album - everything about it!

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