Death-Doom Metal • France
MetalMusicArchives.com — the ultimate metal music online community, from the creators of progarchives.com
EPITAPHE picture
Death / Doom Metal band from Claix, France.
Thanks to silly puppy for the addition

EPITAPHE Online Videos

No EPITAPHE online videos available. Search and add one now.

Buy EPITAPHE music

More places to buy metal & EPITAPHE music

EPITAPHE Discography

EPITAPHE albums / top albums

EPITAPHE I album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Death-Doom Metal 2019
EPITAPHE II album cover 3.00 | 1 ratings
Death-Doom Metal 2022

EPITAPHE EPs & splits

EPITAPHE live albums

EPITAPHE demos, promos, fans club and other releases (no bootlegs)

EPITAPHE re-issues & compilations

EPITAPHE singles (0)

EPITAPHE movies (DVD, Blu-Ray or VHS)



Album · 2022 · Death-Doom Metal
Cover art Buy this album from MMA partners
siLLy puPPy
Hailing from Claix near the city of Grenoble in the charming French Alps, EPITAPHE has been around since 2016 as a quartet of progressive death doom metal featuring PBFK (vocals), LBK (guitar, vocals), VLVR (drums) and DRZ (bass, effects, vocals). While its creativity isn’t directed towards album titles, the music contained within is a bit of an interesting mix of funeral doom metal, death metal, black metal, progressive rock and shoegazy ambience. In 2019 the band released its debut “I” followed by “II” which emerged in 2022.

Like many albums that delve into the world of progressive death metal, EPITAPHE employs long drawn out post-rock-ish tactics to milk every note of its maximum potential albeit with a series of chugging growl-a-thons and testosterone outbursts of brash bravado. II features V tracks that clock in at LXII minutes and XXXIX minutes. The album is bookended by two shorter tracks around the III minute mark leaving III sprawlers in the creamy filling. “Celestial” at XIX minutes and V seconds is the lengthiest monstrosity that showcases the band’s meandering tactics between aggressive death doom metal and more pastoral progressive rock.

While a typical death doom band consisting of electric guitar and bass, drums and growly vocals, the mellower parts feature clean vocals, saxophone, marimba and flute. In fact the two distinct aspects sound like totally different bands making the album in general feel a bit disjointed as the band hasn’t to my ears convincingly integrated all the ideas into a yet cohesive whole. Generally speaking the band employs a plodding meandering methodology that doesn’t really excel at anything in particular but rather nonchalantly employs a ratcheting up process of atmospheric death metal, death doom and non-metal moments for breaks.

This is a band that has received its fair amount of praise for the ambitiousness of its expansive sound but personally i’m not finding it tremendously exhilarating the way i would expect to receive such an invitation into the soundtrack of an impressionist’s Monet style of painting. Overall all II is an interesting and pleasant journey through an atmospheric death doom metal camp with some non-metal placidity thrown in for good measure but the entire thing feels a bit too conservative and reserved to warrant a running time of over an hour. In that regard it reminds me a lot of the blackgaze albums by bands like Deathhaven or Alcest which just doesn’t float my boat.

Probably just not my cup of tea really but in my creative mind i can think of about a gazillion ways to spice this release up to make it more appealing and creative but then again perhaps that’s the entire point which is to simply craft a nice field of subtleties that beckon a relaxing journey through a sprawling soundscape that doesn’t overstimulate. In that regard i’m certainly not the target audience but even within the world of atmospheric death / doom metal i’ve heard more engaging listening experiences. Not bad at all but rather mediocre as nothing invites me to return to this impressionist’s perspective of atmospheric death metal. Next.

EPITAPHE Movies Reviews

No EPITAPHE movie reviews posted yet.


Please login to post a shout
No shouts posted yet. Be the first member to do so above!


Rating by members, ranked by custom algorithm
Albums with 30 ratings and more
Master of Puppets Thrash Metal
Buy this album from our partners
Paranoid Heavy Metal
Buy this album from our partners
Moving Pictures Hard Rock
Buy this album from our partners
Powerslave NWoBHM
Buy this album from our partners
Rising Heavy Metal
Buy this album from our partners

New Metal Artists

New Metal Releases

Silver Romance Power Metal
Buy this album from MMA partners
Stand United Power Metal
Buy this album from MMA partners
Warp Speed Warriors Power Metal
Buy this album from MMA partners
Scorned By Misery Deathcore
Buy this album from MMA partners
Dead Rot Sludge Metal
Buy this album from MMA partners
More new releases

New Metal Online Videos

More videos

New MMA Metal Forum Topics

More in the forums

New Site interactions


Latest Metal News


More in the forums

Social Media

Follow us