PROCESSION — Destroyers of the Faith (review)

PROCESSION — Destroyers of the Faith album cover Album · 2010 · Doom Metal Buy this album from MMA partners
4/5 ·
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Tomb of doom...

Genre: doom metal

"Destroyers of the Faith" by Procession offers old-fashioned, unpolished and unadulterated traditional doom metal with guitar, bass, drums and vocals - and that's it. No effects. No samples. No violins. No keyboards. Just your good old rock instrumentation. And with the good old rock instrumentation paired with heavy and simple riffs, Procession manage to create a melancholic doom-laden atmosphere. It is only in the very end of the last track "White Coffin" that they make use of choir-like effects so as to conclude their sad (in doom metal sad i good) musical journey on an ominously oppressive note.

The album starts out very strongly with the short introduction-like "Hyperion" which seques into the title track, which is fairly uptempo."The Road to the Gravegarden" also starts out strongly with a heavy, tortured, doom-laden, epitomic guitar riff, but ultimately, I think that this track is the weakest and least inspiring on the album. The following songs, "Chants of the Nameless", "Toomb of Doom", and "White Coffin" more than make up for this; they are simply brilliant examples of how traditional doom metal sounds at its very best.

While not necessarily original or groundbreaking, the music on this album is still of very high quality and, with the right support from the label and other instances, this band could reach the same level of Count Raven or St. Vitus - they're that good!

Recommended to fans of traditional doom metal.
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