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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SAINT VITUS Die Healing Album Cover Die Healing
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4.67 | 11 ratings
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MY DYING BRIDE The Dreadful Hours Album Cover The Dreadful Hours
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TROUBLE Trouble

Album · 1990 · Traditional Doom Metal
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Trouble’s self-titled is considered the band’s best work, but I consider it a large step back. To be clear, it’s still one of the best Trad Doom albums of its era, but that’s partly the problem. The Skull and Run to the Light were making bounds and leaps towards true Doom – the depressing, emotional atmosphere, the crushing riffs… They were certainly the closest the 80’s came to true Doom, and they were masterpieces.

Trouble is simply the band falling back into groovy Trad Doom territory. The progress of their last few albums is thrown aside in favor of a more “fun” traditional album. The songwriting is simplified, and there’s more focus on vocal melodies. Lyrics tend to be somber, but the delivery isn’t. In fact, it sounds like the band’s having a great time. Good for them, but I don’t want my Doom to sound like that!

All those gripes aside, I have to reiterate it’s probably the best pure Trad Doom put to record by the turn of the decade. Songs are interesting, varied, and fun. Eric Wagner sounds better than ever, though I prefer his more desperate delivery on earlier releases.

WIZZERD Doomchild

Album · 2016 · Doom Metal
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One of the many psychedelic doom metal bands to emerge in recent years, the awkwardly named WIZZERD with an E immediately fucks with my inner auto correct for spelling as i struggle to imagine why anyone would pervert such a cool world like “wizard.” OK, after a bit of a personal conundrum, i got over it and proceeded to check out this Kalispell, Montana band’s debut album DOOMCHILD which came out in 2016. I do like the double Z’s though!

Consisting of members Jhalen Salazar (guitar, vocals), James Ryan (guitar), Sam Moore (drums, percussion), Layne Matkovich (bass, vocals) and Wayne Randall (synthesizer), WIZZERD crafts an interesting slice of fuzzy heavy-psych tinged doom metal with stoner accouterments. In many ways this style of music which is fairly common these days sounds like the perfect blend of Black Sabbath inspired traditional doom metal with 70s Krautrock. While the album is mostly instrumental with extensive jamming and receptive chord progressions, they succeed in mesmerizing with the vocal tracks breaking the spell for select moments.

While many stoner doom bands are fixated on repetition with no resolution, WIZZERD succeeds in crafting a diverse soundscape that enshrouds the doom metal guitar heft with spaced out atmospheres, guitar build ups that include solos and a knack for breathing life into otherwise robotic plodding ad infinitum. The track “Desert” is particularly pleasing as it incorporates Middle Eastern musical scales into the plodding guitar chords and implants softer pastiches of clean guitar spender before the metal bombast is left of its leash and attacks in a monstrous raucousness.

There is definitely a retro 70s feel to DOOMCHILD whether it be the plodding Sabbath inspired guitar works or the bluesy hard rock lead guitars coupled with the grizzled hard rock vocals. Tracks like “Ocean” sound right out of the Sabbath playbook although the psychedelic atmospheric touches and extended jamming workouts keep it from feeling too much of a clone. The Krautrock accoutrements excel in bringing the less metal parts into a psychedelic milieu unlike any other doom metal oriented bands of this ilk. While not groundbreaking or in any way innovative, WIZZERD has nonetheless crafted a very enjoyable album’s worth of psychedelic stoner doom metal on its first offering DOOMCHILD.

THE RUINS OF BEVERAST The Thule Grimoires

Album · 2021 · Death-Doom Metal
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It’s been four years since the one-man act Alexander von Meilenwald has released anything under his THE RUINS OF BEVERAST project but a four year gap is pretty much the norm as Mellenwald clearly favors quality over quantity of material not to mention the two splits that emerged in 2020 with Mourning Beloveth and Almyrkvi. THE THULE GRIMOIRES is the sixth full album experience from the mighty BEVERAST which has consistently cranked out a slew of highly sophisticated and enticing examples of extreme metal that continue to defy classification. Is it atmospheric black metal? Is it death-doom? Or is it avant-garde progressive? Well, throw in all of the aforementioned and a healthy dose of dark ambient in the proper doses doused with the fertile creative mind of a dedicated musician and voila, you have the recipe for some highly innovative 21st century metal in the making.

THULE refers to the location farthest north in ancient Greek and Roman world but with the advent of the concept ultima THULE acquired a metaphorical extensional meaning of any place beyond the borders of the known world, a perfect concept for the murky blackened sonic storm of sound to wrap themselves around especially when paired with the term GRIMOIRE which is a textbook of magic and serves as an instructional guide on how to create magical objects such as talismans, amulets as well as a guide for casting spells and summoning supernatural entitles ranging from diving angels to hellish demons. THE TULE GRIMOIRES as a concept offers a glimpse into a terrifying world beyond our comprehension where demonic wizardry and the realities of the hellish underworld provide the inspiration for this collection of seven sprawling tracks that collectively exceed the 69 minute mark.

THE RUINS OF BEVERAST albums are notorious for being lengthy atmospheric compositions that embark on darkened journeys and employ the sounds of various metal styles as well as ambient sounds to craft an otherworldly soundscape that perfectly synchronizes with the subject matter at hand. THE THULE GRIMOIRES is no exception in continuing this tradition however the beauty of this project is that Mellenwald never relies on the copy and paste method for crafting new music magic. THE THULE GRIMOIRES features the recognizable black metal guitar fuzz, the sprawling ten minute plus compositions teased out into meandering musical form as well as the expected extreme metal vocal style of previous BEVERAST offerings. This album however adopts more of a gothic metal approach with clean ghoulish vocals often replacing the raspy growls and calm icy slow tempos inching the album along in death-doom procession.

With less emphasis on the overall metal elements of THE THULE GRIMOIRES, Mellenwald casts his gaze on the potentials of a production job that amplifies the grimness value with oscillating guitar distortion, engaging atmospheric contrapuntal sound swarms as well as placing the focus on the flow of the album and the overarching psychological effects rather than on any particular track. The album is technically demarcated by the chapters Aurora, Than and Sad Chapel and is noticeable less bombastic than previous albums and in many ways sounds like a more experimental version of Type O Negative during the gothic excursions to Transylvania and back. Despite the black metal tag awarded, THE THULE GRIMOIRES feels the least black metal of the entire BEVERAST canon as blastbeats are for the most part tamped down in favor of a plodding procession into the darkness with guitar chords sustained in glacial drone metal perpetuity.

While i cannot honestly declare THE THULE GRIMOIRES to be the most exuberant or compelling chapter of THE RUINS OF BEVERAST canon, i can definitely appreciate that Mellenwald doesn’t simply rest on his laurels and continuously crafts a completely differing musical experience from one album to the next, a talent he has showcased ever since his Nagelfar days. As with all BEVERAST releases, this is not one to rush through and to expect it to sink in immediately. This dense package of sounds is so intricately designed that you could probably drive yourself crazy analyzing the minutia but despite the lack of the desired bombast of yore, still comes off as an interesting and unique excursion into the gothened RUINS OF BEVERAST universe and one that is worthy of attention for those who love the more modern high brow compositional fortitude of experimental metal.

VENI DOMINE Spiritual Wasteland

Album · 1998 · Doom Metal
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"Spiritual Wasteland" is the 3rd full-length studio album by Swedish doom metal act Veni Domine. The album was released by Thunderload Records/Massacre Records in 1998. It´s the successor to "Material Sanctuary" from 1994 and there have been a couple of lineup changes since the predecessor. Bassist Magnus Thorman has been replaced by Gabriel Ingemarson and keyboard player Mattias Cederlund has been added to the lineup (the keyboards on the predecessor were played by session musician Mats Lidbrandt).

The lineup changes have little impact on the band´s sound though and the material on "Spiritual Wasteland" sound very similar in style to the material on "Material Sanctuary (1994)". Epic doom metal with US power metal and progressive metal leanings is the style of music featured on "Spiritual Wasteland". One of the greatest assets of the band´s sound is lead vocalist Fredrik Ohlsson who is a world class singer. He has a voice and delivery which is almost eerily close to the voice and vocal style of Geoff Tate (Queensrÿche) and it´s therefore impossible not to mention Queensrÿche as a major influence on the band´s music. The instrumental part of the material on "Spiritual Wasteland" is much heavier and more gloomy than anything Queensrÿche ever produced though, so there you have the doom metal label on the band´s music. In that respect artists (and fellow countrymen) like Candlemass and Memento Mori are more valid references.

The tempo is slow- to mid-paced, the atmosphere is epic and the riffs and rhythms are heavy. The keyboards are used for atmosphere enchancement and only occasionally have a more dominant role. It´s all about supporting those brilliant vocals and the vocal melodies though, and it is hard to talk about much else on the album, when Ohlsson shines as much as he does here, singing both lead, harmoni, and choir vocals with great power and conviction. The lyrics feature Christian subject matter, but they are not preachy in nature, and they are actually very well written and quite interesting.

"Spiritual Wasteland" features a decent sounding production, although there are certainly elements I would have made different production choices for. The drums for example feature a massive and heavy sound, and to my ears a more subtle and organic tone would have made a positive difference to that part of the soundscape. The album is also slightly too long for its own good, featuring 10 tracks and a total playing time of 61:14 minutes. The tracks simply aren´t memorable enough to support such a long playing time, and they could easily have cut 15-20 minutes and made the album a more conscise and consistently high quality release. As it is "Spiritual Wasteland" is still a quality release though, and the above issues aren´t the worst critique points in the world. A 3.5 star (70%) rating is fully deserved.

MY DYING BRIDE Macabre Cabaret

EP · 2020 · Doom Metal
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"Macabre Cabaret" is an EP release by UK doom metal act My Dying Bride. The EP was released through Nuclear Blast in November 2020. It´s the follow-up release to My Dying Bride´s 14th full-length studio album "The Ghost of Orion" from March 2020. The "regular" version of the EP features 3 tracks, while the 12" vinyl version features the bonus track "Orchestral Shores (Buiksloterkerk Cathedral Mix)".

"Orchestral Shores (Buiksloterkerk Cathedral Mix)" is a slow and melancholic atmospheric track dominated by vocals, keyboards, and acoustic guitar and the track comprises vocals/lyrics and instrumental elements from the two tracks bookending "The Ghost of Orion (2020)": "Your Broken Shore" and "Your Woven Shore". The three remaining tracks on the EP are new originals exclusive to "Macabre Cabaret". The 10:00 minutes long title track and "A Secret Kiss" are both melancholic doom/death metal tracks in a similar style to the material on "The Ghost of Orion (2020)", but "A Purse of Gold and Stars" is a subdued melancholic and atmospheric track. It´s Stainthorpe showing his most gentle poetic side predominantly accompanied by keyboards.

The EP features a similar sounding production to the sound production feautured on "The Ghost of Orion (2020)", and while I´m not sure if it´s true, the material on "Macabre Cabaret" could well have been written and recorded during the same period as the material on the preceding album release. They don´t really feel like leftover tracks though, and "Macabre Cabaret" is definitely what I would call a high quality release and well worth having if you enjoyed "The Ghost of Orion (2020)". A 3.5 - 4 star (75%) 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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