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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PARADISE LOST Gothic

Album · 1991 · Death-Doom Metal
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Gothic is the second album by the Godfathers of death / doom / gothic metal. Being definitely rather influential record for the genre it contains a lot of early Paradise Lost anthems. The style in harsh and slow, as do the vocals. The production of the album is quite mediocre and the musicians were still looking their shape. Gothic as a name gave the direction of the band for long years to come, but it is not a gothic album itself. Recommended for all fans of the band and genre, and yet do not expect miracles from this unpolished studio record.

ANATHEMA Serenades

Album · 1993 · Death-Doom Metal
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"Serenades" is the debut full-length studio album by UK, Liverpool based doom/death metal act Anathema. The album was released through Peaceville Records in February 1993. Anathema formed in 1990 under the Pagan Angel monicker, but soon changed their name to the current one. The band released the "An Iliad of Woes" demo in 1990 and the "All Faith Is Lost" demo in 1991. In 1992 Anathema released the "They Die/Crestfallen" single and "The Crestfallen" EP. The time was ripe for releasing melancholic doom/death and artists like Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Cathedral, Enchantment, and Katatonia had simultaniously layed the groundwork for an album like "Serenades" to succeed. And "Serenades" did end up a successful release for Anathema, helped along by the airing of the promotional video of "Sweet Tears" on MTV´s Headbangers Ball.

"Serenades" predominantly features freshly written material, but the band have opted to re-record and re-title "They Die" from "The Crestfallen (1992)" EP. It´s titled "They (Will Always) Die" on "Serenades". Considering the amount of minor releases from the band´s early days Anathema had plenty of (or at least some) writing and recording experience before entering the studio to record their debut album, and that´s audible. The band are well playing and although not all material on the album are equally intereresting, there are some high quality songwriting ideas here and there. "Serenades" opens on a particularly strong note with the trio of tracks, "Lovelorn Rhapsody", "Sweet Tears", and "J'ai fait une promesse". Three very different sounding tracks. The former is a slow doom/death track with heavy riffs and a dark atmosphere. It´s quite epic and atmospheric and towards the end of the track Anathema play a little faster and enter death metal territory. "Sweet Tears" is a heavy, mid-paced (...well slow mid-paced), and groove laden 70s influenced doom metal track (the main slide guitar riff is killer), featuring a catchy and melancholic lead guitar melody and loads of heaviness, and "J'ai fait une promesse" is a beautiful atmospheric track with female lead vocals (and gorgeuos harmonies) by Ruth Wilson. Darren White has a raw throaty semi-growling delivery, which isn´t always pretty to listen to, but mostly suits the music well anyway. He also occasionally speaks and sings some clean type vocals.

The goth (The Sisters of Mercy and The Mission come to mind) influenced "Sleepless" should be mentioned as a highlight too while the short "Scars of the Old Stream" and "Where Shadows Dance" and the 23:22 minutes long instrumental closing track "Dreaming: The Romance" aren´t particularly interesting. The latter even crosses into tedious territory pretty quickly. "Serenades" features a heavy and detailed sound production, which suits the material well, but overall the album is a bit of a mixed bag. Some tracks are high quality doom/death compositions while others have a tendency to outstay their welcome or plod along with very few climaxes to speak of. Compared to some of their contemporaries (mentioned above), Anathema weren´t fully up to par on this release, but it´s still a quality release in the genre and a 3.5 star (70%) rating isn´t all wrong.

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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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.

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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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