ESOTERIC

Funeral Doom Metal • United Kingdom
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ESOTERIC formed in July 1992, after the gathering of five individuals, inspired to create dark, innovative music that was evocative to and expressive of the contents of their psyche. The lyrics and music are reflections and transpositions of their thoughts, philosophies, emotions and experiences. The music captures the essence of the word esoteric.

1993 saw the release of 'Esoteric Emotions - The Death of Ignorance' - a demo tape containing 82 minutes of hateful - drug influenced tortured doom with a total of 8 tracks. Almost immediately, this brought about an offer from Aesthetic Death to record a full length CD of new material.

In June 1994, ESOTERIC entered Rich Bitch studios in Birmingham to record 6 tracks (lasting almost 90 minutes). This recording was released as a double CD, titled 'Epistemological Despondency'. Soon after the recording of this album, Stuart (guitar) and Darren (drums) parted company with the
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ESOTERIC Epistemological Despondency album cover 3.88 | 9 ratings
Epistemological Despondency
Funeral Doom Metal 1994
ESOTERIC The Pernicious Enigma album cover 4.33 | 11 ratings
The Pernicious Enigma
Funeral Doom Metal 1997
ESOTERIC Metamorphogenesis album cover 4.15 | 10 ratings
Metamorphogenesis
Funeral Doom Metal 1999
ESOTERIC Subconscious Dissolution Into The Continuum album cover 4.19 | 8 ratings
Subconscious Dissolution Into The Continuum
Funeral Doom Metal 2004
ESOTERIC The Maniacal Vale album cover 4.32 | 16 ratings
The Maniacal Vale
Funeral Doom Metal 2008
ESOTERIC Paragon of Dissonance album cover 3.81 | 8 ratings
Paragon of Dissonance
Funeral Doom Metal 2011

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ESOTERIC Esoteric Emotions album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Esoteric Emotions
Funeral Doom Metal 1993

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ESOTERIC Epistemological Despondency

Album · 1994 · Funeral Doom Metal
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SURREAL METAL 101

There were some bands that jumped on the bandwagon of a certain trend and ran away with it and then there are those that knew exactly what they wanted from very start. Birmingham, England’s ESOTERIC are amongst the latter as they quickly distinguished themselves from the ever expanding doom metal universe into the extreme melancholy of the early funeral doom metal world. Along with early pioneers Thergothan, Skepticism, Funeral and Mournful Congregation, ESOTERIC excelled in the total submersion into the ultimate depressive atmospheric snail-paced dirge metal that ceased to exist in the physical world and opted to sublimate into a more hallucinogenic state of mind where echoey power chords take on droning characteristic accompanied by ethereal and wickedly depressive ambience to create some of the most surreal metal ever to exist.

ESOTERIC meant business as their career began and has revolved around slow and doom-laden metal that takes its sweet time to unfold its freeze-dried fury around you only to captivate your soul and entrancify your spirit into a phantasmic surrender of the will. Even with the demo “Esoteric Emotions - The Death Of Ignorance” the Birmingham band was all about sustaining a depressive atmosphere for over an hour. The demo clocked in at an astounding 82 minutes and was the prognosticator of entire career as every ESOTERIC album since has been a double CD fortified with endless drifting action of depressive doom metal action that is the equivalent to a sonic Salvador Dalí copulating with the early potentials of Black Sabbath and the countless emulators that emerged in their wake.

EPISTEMOLOGICAL DESPONDENCY is the debut album of ESOTERIC which appeared after their demo tape made a huge impression on the personal at Aesthetic Death Records who realized quite quickly that they had a rather unique musical entity on their radar. After all the legalities ensued, ESOTERIC recorded their debut album and set out to create one of the weirdest and most demanding albums of the mid-90s. While based in the world of doom metal mostly due to their molasses flowing guitar riffs and distortion to forever techniques, ESOTERIC is somewhat of a hybrid between the early 90s doom metal of Skepticism, Evoken and Pantheist cross-pollinating with some sort of sluggish ambient electronic band such as Coil with valium-esque synthesizer laden keyboard riffs that take the term “downers” to a whole new level.

ESOTERIC has been quite exemplary in their ability to tweak their sound ever-so-slightly on album after album but they proved themselves worthy quite well even on this gem of a debut that not only immediately separates them from the pack of death doom and funeral doom progenerators but also displays an emotional depth of character that few were capable of experiencing during the day of production. EPISTEMOLOGICAL DESPONDENCY is like no other of the day. This album is literally capable of causing extreme depression and suicidal thoughts much like legal drugs that have been promoted since. Personally i have no need for such chemical mind inducing intruders when such sonic therapy such as this exists. Literally nothing else before or since can compare to ESOTERIC’s bizarre and surreal take on doom metal and this debut is the perfect introduction to the phantasmagoric sonic reality of this strange band. ESOTERIC is one of my all time favorite bands and this debut reminds me why that is so time and time again. Do start here!

ESOTERIC The Maniacal Vale

Album · 2008 · Funeral Doom Metal
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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!

ESOTERIC Subconscious Dissolution Into The Continuum

Album · 2004 · Funeral Doom Metal
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Subconscious Dissolution Into the Continuum is a case of evolution rather than revolution; it essentially finds Esoteric working their way further down the cleaner-sounding and more experimental trajectory that had started with Metamorphogenesis. Like that album, it's somewhat shorter than the epic slabs of funeral doom we've learned to expect from Esoteric, and that works to its favour, allowing them to tinker with an unusually subdued atmosphere for them without the album outlasting its welcome in the way it might if it had been padded out to the double CD length of some of their more epic works. The end result is another solid release.

ESOTERIC Metamorphogenesis

Album · 1999 · Funeral Doom Metal
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A full length-album by anyone else's standards, a mere EP compared the massive monoliths of funeral doom metal that Esoteric usually deliver, Metamorphogenesis is perhaps a good place for novices to dip their toes into Esoteric's sound at this stage of their career. Somewhat less spacey than the preceding album (The Pernicious Enigma) and more aligned with traditional funeral doom metal, it's easier to digest than a lot of Esoteric's work, but at the same time I do miss the extent to which you can just lose yourself and swim around in their double albums here. Try it out, but bear in mind that Esoteric isn't quite Esoteric unless there's an overwhelming amount of it.

ESOTERIC The Pernicious Enigma

Album · 1997 · Funeral Doom Metal
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Esoteric's most celebrated albums seem to be the ones where they go for the full-length two hour double album deal, and I can kind of see why that is. Their death-tinged brand of funeral doom metal is the sort of thing it's best to really bed down and immerse yourself in rather than listening to a snippet here and there. Even the occasional faster sections wouldn't really work as standalone death metal pieces, so tied in are they to the spacey aesthetic of the album (At War With the Race seems to be intended as a segue rather than a standalone compositions). With Greg Chandler's bestial moans submerged in the mix, his voice essentially becomes just another instrument - it doesn't actually matter what he's saying because all that matters is this haunting groan of someone or something struggling to be heard under six feet of soil.

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