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 pretty much where Gothic Metal got it’s name and signature sound, especially the title track. Of course, the majority of this album isn’t actually Gothic Metal – rather straightforward Death Doom is the name of the game here. They add some female vocals and melodic lines every so often, but otherwise this is pretty stripped down and basic.

My favorite part of this album are actually Nick’s vocals. Those are some monstrous howls right there, and the heavy reverb ensure they create a great atmosphere on their own. I appreciate this one a lot more than when I first heard it, but I still see it as an overrated stepping stone simply leading the way to truly great Death Doom and Gothic Metal that other bands would perfect.

ANATHEMA The Silent Enigma

Album · 1995 · Death-Doom Metal
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Thank Heaven, the Cavanagh brothers and Duncan Patterson quickly realized that Darren White as a vocalist was simply not suitable for Anathema, so he was dismissed from the band, and Vincent Cavanagh took his place, and it was he who became the main vocalist from The Silent Enigma. The replacement was really successful: although Vinnie somehow did not know how to sing then, but compared to what was on the Serenades, the vocal component shone with new colors, because Vinnie showed his ability to convey thoughts through vocals as emotionally as possible. With Vinnie as vocalist, the main creators in the band, Daniel Cavanagh and Duncan Patterson, seemed to spread their wings, and The Silent Enigma was an incredibly big step forward.

In fact, we have a hyperemotional doom-death with an excellent vocal pressure and tragedy and more or less distinct structures of compositions, in which the sprouting roots of the brand Anathema are already visible. Personally, among other songs, I single out the opening Restless Oblivion, almost emo-doom Shroud of Frost with a stunning second half and a very depressing spoken word, a little melancholic and psychedelic ... Alone and, of course, the legendary A Dying Wish. Yes, perhaps, it is The Silent Enigma that is more worthy of being called a classic of death-doom (or doom-death, as you like). In addition, from the classical period of discography, this is the best that Anathema could offer at that time.

ANATHEMA Serenades

Album · 1993 · Death-Doom Metal
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I must say that even though Anathema has the status of one of the pillars of doom-death, it is simply difficult to come up with a worse start to their career than Serenades. Perhaps the main problem is not in the ugly compositional structure of songs and even not in tortured riffs. The main problem with Serenades is vocals. Seriously, this is one of the most disgusting vocal performances I've heard in a long time. This is how I growl when I try to sing along to different death metal and similar genres. Darren White, with all due respect, is not the kind of vocalist who is able to set the necessary emotional tone for the sound of the band. Well, there is nothing special to distinguish from the songs, except J'ai Fait Une Promesse, which was sung in French (the only appearance of female vocals on the album, just a local "Ray of Light in the Dark Kingdom" of some kind). By the way, the band's attempt to "clear" the music lover's brain with a 23-minute ambient set at the end of Serenades is perceived, to put it mildly, ridiculously.

MY DYING BRIDE Turn Loose the Swans

Album · 1993 · Death-Doom Metal
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"Turn Loose the Swans" is the 2nd full-length studio album by UK doom/death metal act My Dying Bride. The album was released through Peaceville Records in October 1993. It´s the successor to "As the Flower Withers" from May 1992, although the two full-length albums are bridged by "The Thrash of Naked Limbs (1993)" EP from February 1993. There´s been one lineup change since the debut album as violinist/keyboard player Martin Powell joined My Dying Bride on a permanent basis before the recording sessions for "The Thrash of Naked Limbs (1993)". He did session work on the debut album, but as the band wanted to explore new ground and increase the dynamics of their music, it was decided that Powell should become a fulltime member of the band.

My Dying Bride had already this early on in their career established themselves as one of the leading doom/death metal artists on the early 90s scene with their slow, doomy, and über melancholic debut album and the two EPs bookending said album. "Turn Loose the Swans" is stylistically quite different from the previous releases by the band. Powell´s piano/keyboards and violin are given a lot of space and time on the tracks, and lead vocalist Aaron Stainthorpe now also sings clean vocal and performs spoken sections, in addition to his growling vocal parts, which make the vocal part of the music a much more varied listen than anything the band had released before. His poetic lyrics are slightly less cryptic than the case was on the debut album, but still require something from the listener.

"Turn Loose the Swans" is bookended by two piano and speaking/singing driven tracks in "Sear Me MCMXCIII" and "Black God" (the latter featuring additional female vocals by Zena Choi). The tracks also feature keyboards and violin, but they don´t feauture bass, guitars, or drums and as a consequence aren´t really metal oriented tracks, but rather a dark, gothic tinged type of music. The former is a variation on the themes from the "Sear Me" track from the debut album, and it´s a great atmospheric and melancholic opening to the album. The following track "Your River" also opens with a simple repeated melancholic clean guitar theme, but soon explodes in several more brutal doom/death oriented sections of riffs (an almost progressive structured opening to the track), before settling on an atmospheric clean vocal section. It´s quite the adventurous track though, and develops a lot through its 9:24 minutes long playing time, and also features heavier death growling sections.

Both "The Songless Bird" and "The Snow in My Hand" are great varied tracks too with especially Powell shining with some soaring melancholic violin themes, but the 12:15 minutes long "The Crown of Sympathy" is to my ears the highlight of the album. It´s a varied track featuring one of the most recognisable main riffs in the band´s discography and one of Stainthorpe´s strongest vocal performances yet. The atmospheric middle section may be slightly too long to some ears, but the slow building keyboard driven section does have a climatic effect when the full band orchestration kicks in. The title track which follows is probably the most doom/death metal oriented track on the album, as a consequence of Stainthorpe predominantly performing growling vocals on the track.

"Turn Loose the Swans" features a detailed and well sounding production. It´s not quite as heavy nor as brutal as the sound productions on the early releases by the band, but it´s a sound suiting the material perfectly. While "Turn Loose the Swans" is in many ways a transition album from the early doom/death releases to the gothic tinged doom metal of the next couple of albums, it´s in that space between I think My Dying Bride hit their most interesting combination of stylistic elements and to my ears it´s one of their most accomplished and memorable releases. Add to that the fact that it was a groundbreaking doom/death metal album upon release (nothing sounded like this in 1993), and a 5 star (100%) rating is fully deserved.

PARADISE LOST Gothic - Live At Roadburn 2016

Live album · 2021 · Death-Doom Metal
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"Gothic - Live At Roadburn 2016" is a live album release by UK goth/death/doom metal act Paradise Lost. The album was released through Nuclear Blast in March 2021. The material featured on the album were recorded at Roadburn Festival, on April 14, 2016 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Paradise Lost´s second full-length studio album "Gothic (1991)". "Gothic - Live At Roadburn 2016" features all material from the "Gothic (1991)" album played from start to finish with only one exception and that´s the short instrumental outro track "Desolate", which the band have opted to use as an intro to the concert instead of an outro.

Paradise Lost are by now a seasoned act, but there are actually a couple of tracks from "Gothic (1991)" that they had never played live before this event. The band are well rehearsed though and the performance is strong throughout the show. Lead vocalist Nick Holmes is in great form delivering majestic growling vocals, and some nice humoristic chatter with the audience between tracks. I´m guessing the orchestral parts and the female clean vocal parts are pre-recorded backing tracks, and both work like a charm. The many melancholic leads, the harmonies, the ultra heavy riffs, and the heavy beats. It´s all there and accounted for.

"Gothic - Live At Roadburn 2016" is obviously a live recording, but the sound quality is very good. Every detail is heard while retaining the rawness and authenticity of the performance. Fans of the original album won´t be disappointed with "Gothic - Live At Roadburn 2016" as it´s both a true and accurate tribute to the original, but adds something to it with the more skilled performances of 2016 Paradise Lost (four out of the five members are original members of the band and played on the original studio album). Personally listening to "Gothic - Live At Roadburn 2016" sent me right back to my teenage room listening to and worshipping "Gothic (1991)", back when it was the latest release by Paradise Lost. I´m usually not partial to live recordings by artists in the more extreme genres of metal, but this one is definitely worth your time. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

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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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