Doom Metal

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Doom metal is an extreme form of heavy metal music that typically uses slower tempos, low-tuned guitars and a much 'thicker' or 'heavier' sound than other metal genres. Both the music and the lyrics intend to evoke a sense of despair, dread, and impending doom. The genre is strongly influenced by the early work of Black Sabbath, who formed a prototype for doom metal with songs such as "Black Sabbath" and "Into the Void". During the first half of the 1980s, a number of bands from England (Pagan Altar, Witchfinder General) and the United States (Pentagram, Saint Vitus, Trouble) defined doom metal as a distinct genre.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doom_metal

Sub-genre collaborators (+ child sub-genres and shared with Stoner Metal and Drone Metal):
  • Nightfly (leader)
  • MorniumGoatahl

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PENTAGRAM Be Forewarned

Album · 1994 · Doom Metal
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Pentagram’s “Be Forewarned” opens with a scorching track that combines Traditional Doom and Speed Metal (an AWESOME combination by the way) and right from there you aren't quite sure what to expect from this album.

The tracks go every which direction from then on, always keeping the band’s Trad Doom sound, but touching on a variety of influences and styles. An interesting choice on this album was to fill it with a bunch of shorter songs, another unconventional choice for a Doom band. This makes the diversity in material even more impressive, as each of these 13 tracks sound quite different from each other.

Unfortunately, even though the band did a good job of individualizing songs, that doesn’t mean they are all good. Some of the songs, like Vampyre Love, sound rather goofy and uninspired. The first and last tracks are the highlights, and just about everything in between is filler in comparison, making this long, 13 track album feel very hollow. Shout out to Nightmare Gown which is another fantastic, Speed influenced track.

DRIDGE Ruby

EP · 2020 · Doom Metal
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UMUR
"Ruby" is an EP release by US, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based doom/sludge/hardcore/noise rock act Dridge. The EP was independently released digitally and on cassette tape in January 2020. Dridge formed in 2011 and released the "Gritual" EP in 2013.

I´m not sure why it took the band 7 years to release something new, but listening to "Ruby", an almost complete change in style and sound might be one of the reasons. "Gritual" was a slow, heavy, and dark death/doom metal release, even occassionally venturing into even more slow and heavy funeral doom territory, but while "Ruby" is certainly also a very heavy release, the death/doom metal elements of "Gritual" are now gone from Dridge music. Instead Dridge now play an angsty, depressive noise rock/hardcore/sludge/doom metal style, which is hard to define and describe correctly. I hear an influence from early 80s Killing Joke and other post-punk acts from that era, but it´s just influences and Dridge definitely have their own sound. The vocals are often sung/spoken in a dark poetic form, and only occasionally burst into more aggressive shouting. Noisy "on the verge" of feedback guitars are one of the key elements of the band´s sound along with the hypnotic and ritualistic drumming.

The simplistic and almost ritualistic approach to playing and performing music is still intact from "Gritual", so in that respect Dridge haven´t changed the core of what they do. But they´ve changed the timbres and the influences (and of course the vocal style). "Ruby" features 3 tracks and a total playing time of 28:46 minutes (the cassette tape version features the same 3 tracks on both sides) and it´s an adventurous and relatively experimental listen. Featuring a well sounding production job, it´s in all departments a quality release and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

DRIDGE Gritual

EP · 2013 · Death-Doom Metal
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"Gritual" is an EP release by US, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based death/doom metal act Dridge. The EP was released digitally and on cassette tape in June 2013. Dridge formed in 2011 and "Gritual" is their first release.

Stylistically the material on "Gritual" is a combination of death/doom metal and heavier and slower funeral doom metal parts. It´s safe to say that "Gritual" is a brick heavy release featuring a gloomy and depressive atmosphere. The vocals are intelligible semi-growling, aggressive and pretty mean sounding. The death/doom metal sections remind me slightly of the New York death/doom metal act Winter and their 1990 album "Into Darkness". There´s some of the same almost ritualistic simplicity to the riffs and rhythms, which should (or could) have been pretty tedious, but work well here. Dridge understand the importance of variation, and although "Gritual" is predominantly a doomy release, they do incorporate mid-paced and slightly faster sections. The darkly atmospheric ambient section which dominates the mid-section of the title track is also a nice touch.

Featuring 3 tracks and a total playing time of 24:12 minutes (the cassette tape version features the same 3 tracks on both sides), "Gritual" is at all times an engaging listen, and although you won´t hear much here you haven´t heard before, Dridge are a well playing trio unit, who deliver their heavy music with both passion and conviction. "Gritual" also features a raw, heavy, and detailed sound production, suiting the material perfectly and upon conclusion it´s a good quality first release from Dridge. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is fully deserved.

MY DYING BRIDE An Ode to Woe

Live album · 2008 · Doom Metal
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My Dying Bride's second major live album sounds just a little off to me. I think part of the problem is that the crowd noise seems a little more evident here than is typical in professionally-produced live albums. Whilst I can see the point of a bit of this to help give the live ambience, usually the crowd noise gets isolated for a reason and it's just a little more intrusive here. In addition, the mix isn't what it could be, with the vocals sometimes overwhelmed. Potentially some of the issues come down to this being their first release since founding bassist Adrian Jackson left the band, replaced by Lena Abé, and with Dan Mullins on drums - so if you want to hear them in the process of gelling with a new rhythm section, that's a point of interest, but they'd do better once Abé and Mullins were settled in.

SHAPE OF DESPAIR Return To The Void

Album · 2022 · Funeral Doom Metal
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As one of the earliest dukes of depressive metal musical marches, Finland’s SHAPE OF DESPAIR has become one of the most recognized names in the microworld of funeral doom metal along with Esoteric, Skepticism, Mournful Congregation and Evoken. This band has been quashing confidence and suffocating sanguinity for almost three decades now and finally after a seven year absence has returned to deliver a suffocating cloud of dirging doom and gloom with its fifth studio album RETURN TO THE VOID. Yes, the void has sunken to even greater depths with disheartening subject matter ranging from the pandemic to ceaseless wars and a world of utter injustice. It seems the wellspring of depression is in no danger of running out of steam and SHAPE OF DESPAIR is back to outline this fucked up world in musical form! Oh woe is me :/

In many ways funeral doom metal is quite predictable. It’s probably safe to assume that it will never cross-pollinate with disco, gleeful power metal or Irish drinking songs. No way! This genre is all about ripping your heart out of your ribcage and throwing it on the floor and stomping on it until you wish you were dead. But how good it feels! Somehow funeral doom has become my favorite form of musical dread especially in the greater doom metal world and SHAPE OF DESPAIR has truly lived up to its name by shaping the despair into jagged little shards of musical glass and hurling them into your very soul until you cry like a little girl wanting your mommy to save you from the bogeyman. Ok, i made that up but hopefully you get my drift. SHAPE OF DESPAIR means business and although not the most prolific act in the metal world continues to deliver a satisfying product that will offer all the hopelessness in musical form that you could possibly want.

A typical funeral doom metal release, RETURN TO THE VOID offers a bleak journey through six tracks that almost hit the hour mark just passing 57 minutes and in its wake the band delivers its classic mix of grungy power chord stomps augmented by eerie atmospheres, a mix of clean and death-doomy guttural growls and a long procession of plodding hypnotic cyclical grooves that seem to succeed in ripping a new hole in your soul. One of the biggest complaints about funeral doom metal is that it exists in such a specific pigeon-holed microcosm of the metal universe that it offers little in variation at least in terms of tempo, timbres and tones are concerned. There are basically a few musts in the funeral doom world. Slow plodding dejecting grooves in tandem with suffocating atmospheric keyboard effects. Swarms of distortion ooze out of the guitar and bass guitars while the drums provide a punctuated percussive drive without ever getting wiggy on ya.

Sad but true but somehow funeral doom metal bands find a way to distinguish themselves from one another and even manage to craft albums with subtle variations from what came before but none of this will ever be as in your face like Judas Priest trying to tackle a progressive rock album or something of the sort. Basically SHAPE OF DESPAIR delivers exactly what one would expect from a top dog funeral doom band of its caliber, namely more of the same! Emotional devastating displays of discouraging bleakness seemingly mourning the abrupt decay and death of all of creation. In addition to the expected elements RETURN TO THE VOID offers various vocal dynamics of previous works with Henri Koivula dishing out both growled and clean vocals and Natalie Koskinen adding a haunting female energy to the otherwise male dominated soundtrack to a death camp.

As with many an old timer band from the last years of the 20th century, SHAPE OF DESPAIR is definitely stuck in a world of its own making but does so in a very satisfying way. This band has been consistent from the beginning in delivering the goods in the funeral doom realms lurking deep in the underworld and in that regard succeeds in crafting a melancholic march like cheerless chariots extinguishing existential ecstasy. While this new release will probably not draw in many new converts, for those already in the SHAPE OF DESPAIR cult of doom and gloom, this one will not disappoint one little bit. An excellent addition to the funeral!

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PARADISE LOST Live Death

Movie · 2004 · Death-Doom Metal
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Considering this was actually released on VHS in 1990, Paradise Lost must surely overestimate the passion and loyalty of their fan club. Filmed in Bradford in 1989 to coincide with the band’s debut album, this is a 30-minute video of the band playing on stage. They barely move around, you barely see glimpses of the crowd, and in fact, you barely see vocalist Nick Holmes’ face due to his shaggy hair constantly covering it.

I’m not really a fan of their earlier, death metal growly material anyway, but even if I was, this video isn’t enjoyable or interesting to watch at all. Re-released in 2004 on DVD, this isn’t worth the 50p I spent on it if not for the fact that I do, in fact, actually like this band, and have a compulsive obsession to own everything a band puts out.

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