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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SLOW IV - Mythologiæ

Album · 2015 · Funeral Doom Metal
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Kev Rowland
This album was originally released in 2015, then it was followed up by an ambient version in 2016. A new album was released in 2017, also independently, and they have now signed to Code666 and re-released their fourth album yet again. However, due to various reasons they had to re-record various parts, and then it was remixed, so for the third time in four years we are faced yet again with a new version of the same album. I don’t think I have come across a situation quite like this before, but here we are. I find it interesting when reading either the press release or reviews of this album, as they are described as atmospheric funeral doom, yet I can quite easily imagine someone who hasn’t read those saying that this album is mostly black metal. I have read a review where they state that singer Deha’s vocals are as doom as anything they have ever heard. To my poor abused ears, they are black metal, or possibly blackened death metal, as opposed to doom, which just goes to show how music is subjective to the listener and many bands just refuse to fit into whatever neat boxes we want to put them in.

Putting the whole of the last paragraph to one side, here is a band who live up to their name and produce some of the slowest music one can imagine. This is ambient, atmospheric, bleak and compelling. In some ways they remind me of Rakoth, in others Negură Bunget, while Burzum is also something they have obviously been paying attention to, all of it slowed down so that if they played at a lower tempo they would actually be going backwards. This is not music which could ever be played in the background or when something else happens, as if the listener does that then this will just blend into the ambient sounds around them and they will just stop hearing it altogether. It needs to be listened to in the dark of night, with no lights visible (although a distant candle might be nice), glass of red wine (an Otago Pinot Noir would work well) to hand, and just fall into the dark and rather threatening world of the Belgians. Worthy of close attention indeed.

SOLITUDE And Justice for All...

Demo · 1988 · Doom Metal
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"And Justice for All..." is the 2nd and last cassette tape demo by US, Arlington, Texas based doom metal act Solitude, and their last release before changing their name to Solitude Aeturnus. The demo was released in January 1988. The 5 tracks from the 31:29 minutes long demo later appeared on the "Justice for All (2000)" EP and on the "In Times of Solitude (2011)" compilation. Solitude formed in 1987 and after releasing two demos morphed into Solitude Aeturnus in 1988.

The material on the album is well written heavy doom metal tunes packed in an epic atmosphere. The listener is instantly reminded of artists like Trouble and especially Candlemass. The riffs and the beats are slow- to- mid paced, heavy, and hard edged, and the beats follow suit. Lead vocalist Kristoff Gabehart is a relatively strong vocalist and when he sings most powerful, his vocals work really well with the music. There are parts where he sings in a lower register in a singing/talking type vocal style, and those vocal parts don´t work as well. The instrumental part of the music is generally well played.

The tracks featured on the demo are all well written and memorable and considering that the tracks are demo material from 1988, the sound quality is relatively well sounding. Solitude was off to a promising start with "And Justice for All...", and while Gabehart doesn´t exactly reach the heights of his successor Robert Lowe, he isn´t a weak link here by any means. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

SOLITUDE AETURNUS Justice for All

EP · 2000 · Traditional Doom Metal
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"Justice for All" is an EP release by US, Arlington, Texas based doom metal act Solitude Aeturnus. The EP was released through Doomed Planet Records in 2000. "Justice for All" doesn´t feature contemporary original material though, as it´s sort of a compilation, featuring 6 tracks from the band´s two pre-album demos "And Justice For All... (1988)" (originally released under the Solitude monicker) and "Demo 1989)". 5 tracks from the former and 1 track from the latter. So "Justice for All" is basically a reissue of the "And Justice For All... (1988)" demo with a bonus track. Some of the material featured on the two original cassette tape demos would appear in re-recorded versions on subsequent studio albums.

Stylistically the music on the EP is epic doom metal and Trouble and especially Candlemass are valid references. The tracks from the "And Justice For All... (1988)" demo features Kristoff Gabehart on vocals while "Opaque Divinity (3/89)" from "Demo 1989)" features Robert Lowe. The latter is a strong vocalist and the Solitude Aeturnus singer who most people probably know as he performs on the "classic" studio albums by the band. Kristoff Gabehart is not without skills though and while his low register singing/talking type vocals aren´t the most appealing, his more powerful and majestic vocals are of a good quality.

The material are well written heavy doom metal tunes packed in an epic atmosphere. There are occasional nods toward traditional heavy metal and thrash metal in the music too. Considering that the tracks are demo material from 1988-89 the sound quality is relatively well sounding. The guitars are slightly thin sounding and there´s a bit too much reverb on the drums, but other than that the EP is well produced.

So upon conclusion "Justice for All" is well worth a listen if you´re a fan of Solitude Aeturnus. The more casual listener is recommended starting with the "regular" studio albums. With that said the quality of the material featured on this EP is still so high, that a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

HAMFERÐ Tamsins Likam

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Hailing from the Faroe Islands and delivering all their lyrics in the local Faroese dialect, Hamferð deliver up a mournful style which really puts the "funeral" in "funeral doom metal". One can imagine a sparse smattering of mourners making their way out in a rainstorm to bury their dead, lashed by the winds of the far north, the bitterness of the Arctic cold sweeping down from the north, in a hilly country where no matter where you go, you're never quite that far from the chill, uncaring sea. Gloom hangs over all, and if that sounds like a good time, you may as well check the album out.

AHAB The Boats of the Glen Carrig

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The Boats of the "Glen Carrig" is another Ahab album which, true to their name, draws inspiration from a seafaring novel - in this case, a horror story by William Hope Hodgson, whose death in World War I robbed the world of one of the more bizarre imaginations working in genre fiction at that time.

Since their funeral doom-oriented debut, Ahab had apparently transitioned into a death-doom style, which here is set against quieter, more reflective moments in which the harsh, metal-oriented riffs stop - a sort of blend of death-doom and progressive rock ideas which could see the band eventually evolving in an Opeth-like direction if they chose to plot that course. Here, these interludes offer just enough variety to avoid the album becoming tedious.

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