Death-Doom Metal

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Death doom as the name suggests is an extreme metal sub-genre that incorporates elements of death metal into doom. It typically incorporates death growl vocals and aggressive down-tuned guitar parts into slower doom tempos though double kick drum patterns may be used. Its roots can be traced back to the eighties when thrash and early death metal bands started to incorporate doom into their sound. Dream Death are an early example which can be heard on their debut album Journey Into Mystery from 1987 along with bands such as My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost and Autopsy.

Death doom also had an influence on Gothic metal and played a large part in establishing the funeral doom sub-genre in the nineties.

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MY DYING BRIDE Your Broken Shore

Single · 2020 · Death-Doom Metal
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"Your Broken Shore" is a digital single by UK doom metal act My Dying Bride. The single was released through Nuclear Blast Records in January 2020. It´s the opening track from My Dying Bride´s 14th full-length studio album "The Ghost of Orion" from March 2020. A promotional music video was also made.

My Dying Bride have been laying low since the release of "Feel the Misery (2015)" (at least for their usually busy standards), but there is a natural explanation for the band downtime, as lead vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe experienced the worst that can happen to a parent, as his young daughter was diagnosed with cancer, and he therefore pulled the plug to spend time with his family. Stainthorpe´s daughter was fortunately cured and he was able to concentrate on his music career again.

"Your Broken Shore" is a classic My Dying Bride track with heavy doom metal riffs, atmospheric sections, guitar harmonies and counterpoint melodies, a soaring melancholic violin melody, and Stainthorpe´s dark and poetic vocals on top (both clean and growling vocals on this track). If something should be mentioned as slightly different from earlier releases, it´s the nature of Stainthorpe´s clean vocals which are often layered and he also sings more regular sustained note clean vocals than the often more subdued almost "speaking" type clean vocals he usually performs.

"Your Broken Shore" is a very well produced track and as a teaser for the release of "The Ghost of Orion" it´s a very effective one, as it´s a high quality track through and through and it shows promise of great things to come. A 4 star (80%) rating is fully deserved.

COVID-19 We All Die

EP · 2020 · Death-Doom Metal
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siLLy puPPy
The year 2020 will go down in history for being one of the most fucked up ever. After starting out with a possible World War III with Iran and half of Australia going up in smoke, it only got better! Not! With the world in lock down from the pathogen known as COVID-19 it’s no wonder that our consciousness is united unlike any other time in the past so it’s was to be expected that with all the time in the world to contemplate the doom and gloom of this reality upon us, so too will some musical angst spring forth.

YouTube parody videos aside, this is the first artist i’ve heard who has released actual music to celebrate this little bugger that is infected our world and leaving some to perish in its wake however i’m sure there are others, this is just the first i’ve heard personally. This artist aptly named COVID-19 is the solo project of Alex Ezeptrone who is a member of the bands Gartraada and Wishdoomdark and he comes from Novomoskovsk in the Tula Oblast of Russia which is due south of Moscow. This less than cheery EP titled WE ALL DIE reflects the mood of many of us all across the globe and with six short angsty metal tracks, this COVID-19 laments the current scene metal style.

Starting out with a Black Sabbath styled riffing, the opening track “Coronavirus” quickly turns into a death-doom metal sound that finds two guitars, a bass and drum generating a down-tuned downer vibe with Gorguts styled death growls. The tunes are mostly set to mid-tempo and remind me a bit of some of the slower Autopsy tracks such as “Impending Dread” on “Severed Survival” for example. The tracks are all short and to the point with relevant title track names such as “Blood China,” “Pandemia,” “With A Dead Radiance Life Is Desolating,” “See Venice And Die” and of course the title track! “Pandemia” changes gears and ups the tempo for a full death metal rampage as does the closing title track.

I mean really, i can’t think of better subject matter for an extreme death-doom metal album than a pandemic currently in the process of razing our world to the ground and smacking humankind like a bitch that didn’t bring her pimp the money for the night. All i can say is that Ezeptrone was very clever in brining this to the world in the midst of the actual event but as far as the music goes this is fairly typical death-doom metal that sounds more impromptu and on the spot than composed over a period of time. Still though all is played well and just like a good punk rock album reflects the subject matter over the musical composition and surely captures the mood for a locked down depressing world in 2020. And this is just March!

NOVEMBERS DOOM The Knowing

Album · 2000 · Death-Doom Metal
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Novembers Doom's debut album established them as working very much in the death-doom mode that the early work of the Peaceville Three (My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, and Anathema), but with The Knowing they truly produce an album which can stand in the top tier of the subgenre.

In particular, it's steeped in this melancholic, romantic take on the death-doom sound which reminds me of some of the strongest moments of early My Dying Bride - the sort of death-doom metal that's not afraid to show the influence of the more serious sort of gothic metal here and there. It's rather grand.

SUMMONER’S CIRCLE First Summoning

EP · 2015 · Death-Doom Metal
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SUMMONER’S CIRCLE isn’t your ordinary metal band for sure. This band doesn’t just play music but lives it. Having formed in Knoxville, Tennessee in 2015, this spaced-out band is something akin to the jazz-world’s Sun Ra when it comes to its knack for crafting its own cosmic mythology and with an over-the-top sense of theatrical performances. Nurturing the sci-fi themes of H.P. Lovecraft and Robert E. Howard amongst others, SUMMONER’S CIRCLE also claims to be refugees from a cosmic war on the planet Mercury and has relocated on Earth to perform its magic rituals which resemble heavy metal concerts!

The band consists of six members: Blind (vocals), Sol (keyboards), Magog (rhythm guitars), Gog (lead guitars), BG Scios (drums) and Fallen (bass). All six members have been together since the band’s inception and so far they have released two full-length albums, “Tome” and “Become None” but this EP titled FIRST SUMMONING debuted these interplanetary refugees and their eccentricities. This EP consists of only 4 tracks but perfectly displays the band’s unique mix of death doom metal with touches of other elements such as black metal and ambient atmospheres. The band has created its own comprehensive history behind its existence and the lengthy bio on its website displays the amount of effort these guys have put into their mythology, something like the progressive rock act Magma crafted several decades prior.

SUMMONER’S TALE delivers an epic sound like no other. The real journey begins on the double-album debut “Tome” so FIRST SUMMONING which doesn’t quite reach the half hour mark is somewhat of a warm up session or rather an indoctrination into the band’s idiosyncrasies which take death doom metal intro slightly progressive arenas with dramatic keyboards and dominated by Blind’s powerful vocal style. This EP begins with a two and a half minute symphonic narration which insinuates a much larger epic tale to come but seems truncated by the EPs length however in reality this EP is more like a teaser, a statement of sorts that SUMMONER’S TALE has arrived and the show will begin soon.

With death doom metal as the primary genre, this is slow plodding evil sounding metal with Blind sounding most similar to My Dying Bride’s Aaron Stainthorpe and in many ways this band resembles that band only trading in the violin for the keyboards. There are the same gothic overtones and sense of dramatic compositional flair however this sounds different enough that you wouldn’t exactly think this was a MDB release if you heard it. Blind’s vocals are much more rooted in death metal’s guttural growls however his rare clean vocals are a dead ringer for Stainthorpe. Keep in mind the lyrics are all designed to evoke a magic ritual through music and the band hams it up in concert which probably makes them a very interesting live act to follow but just judging from the recorded music, this is very competent death doom metal for sure.

This is a very cool and professional recorded slice of death doom metal that perhaps needs a bit more originality but very well composed and produced. As the band states as their Bandcamp site: Epic doom metal from the wastes of Mercury. “Let us be the soundtrack to your private Doomscape.” If that’s not masterful marketing, what is?!! Overall, SUMMONER’S CIRCLE delivers an excellent debut EP and has peaked my interest in further exploring this high drama death doom metal band from Tennessee. Nice to know Appalachia has spawned more musical diversity than the more famous acts like Dolly Parton and other country / bluegrass legends. Favorite track: the 9:12 closer “Leviathan - Lord Of The Labyrinth.”

CONSECRATION Fragilium

Album · 2019 · Death-Doom Metal
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Formed back in 2010, this is the second full-length album from the Norwich-based band, following on from 2014’s ‘Ephemerality’. While doom is obviously at the heart of what there are undertaking, there are also plenty of elements of death and black metal in the overall sound, which makes for a very interesting mix indeed. The opening number, “In Darkened Slumber”, is the shortest on the album at just 7 ½ minutes long and sets an incredibly delicate atmosphere. The band change their style thereafter and become more straight doom, but they never really lose that overarching impression of something that is more than just the musical notes. There is a strength within the fragility, a sense of the ominous, of something quite dark which is hidden behind the curtain waiting to attack.

The production is simply superb, with real, clarity, which is what is required when a song commences just with delicate cymbals, a bass not being plucked and a snare being hit just once in a bar. They slow their doom right down at times, and are always in total control so that the listener is being drawn in. The only way to really appreciate this album is by playing it on good headphones, as there is the risk hat some of the nuances will be lost among ambient sound. But don’t think this is anything but a very heavy album indeed, as there are plenty of dark elements to counteract the light, as here is a band who know exactly what power they have at their disposal yet never really let loose the hounds. Overall this is an incredibly impressive atmospheric doom album which is well worth investigating.

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