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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MY DYING BRIDE Tired Of Tears

Single · 2020 · Doom Metal
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"Tired Of Tears" is a digital single by UK doom metal act My Dying Bride. The single was released through Nuclear Blast Records in February 2020. It´s the third song on the tracklist on My Dying Bride´s 14th full-length studio album "The Ghost of Orion" from March 2020 and the second single released in advance of the album´s release as the "Your Broken Shore" single was already released in January 2020. A promotional lyric video was made for "Tired Of Tears".

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.

Stylistically "Tired Of Tears" 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 (only clean vocals on this song). On this particular track the lyrics are probably the most personal and painful Stainthorpe has ever written and performed (...and this is a man who has made a career out of writing and performing some of the most melancholic vocals and lyrics on the scene), as they evolve around his daughter´s illness and his own despair and fears. The lyrics are truly moving/infinitely sad and anyone who is a parent should be able to relate to the feelings of helplessness and despair Stainthorpe conveys on this track. His realization of his own mortality facing the possible death of his daughter (a parent´s worst nightmare) and his plea to death not to lay a hand on his daughter (during the chorus) are probably some of the most powerful lyrics I have ever read (and proff that context is everything...).

"Tired Of Tears" is bound to be a My Dying Bride classic because of the intensity and honesty of the lyrics, but it´s also a very well written track. It´s heavy, melodic, atmospheric, and also quite catchy considering the genre. Featuring a powerful and detailed sound production it´s a high quality track through and through and a 4.5 star (90%) rating is deserved.

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.

WORSHIP OF KERES Bloodhounds for Oblivion

EP · 2016 · Traditional Doom Metal
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WORSHIP OF KERES is an up and coming traditional doom metal band from Lake Shasta, CA which is just north of Redding. As of early 2020 this band has still not released a full-length album but has so far put out two stellar EPs. This debut titled BLOODHOUNDS FOR OBLIVION was released in 2016 and only contains three tracks that up to 17 minutes but what a nicely done set of tracks this one is!

In Greek mythology the KERES (plural of Ker) were female death-spirits that personified violent death and were drawn to bloody corpses on battle fields so as you can imagine WORSHIP OF KERES crafts a subject matter that is quite dark and based in the occult and other nightmarish tidbits of horror. The music is primarily based in old school death metal particularly from the 80s (think Pentagram, St Vitus, Pagan Altar, Witchfinder General etc) but the band dabbles a bit in NWOBHM as well as thrash for brief moments of time.

BLOODHOUNDS FOR OBLIVION contains three tracks: “Book 1,” “Book 2” and “Book 3” and each connects to the other quite nicely. The music’s procession is a doomy stomp that builds in intensity as it ramps up. The guitar tones are nice and fuzzy but distorted into full metal decibalage. The highlight of the band’s sound for sure are the haunting vocal performances of Elise Tarens. Female fronted doom metal as been all the rage in recent years and it does seem that the slow tempos of doom metal cast the perfect sonic spell for a witchy musical experience.

This EP really comes off as if it’s one single track segmented into three chapters yet it’s not exactly prog or anything but the band has definitely mastered the art of subtle changes in order to keep the music interesting on a more active level but this is a very receptive style of doom metal that generates cyclical melodic loops and uses the dynamics and tempo changes to change things up. This is a really compelling album that portends a band that’s on its way to better days and with the band’s signing to Svart Records it’s very likely that this band won’t be a secret for too much longer. I for one look forward to a full album’s worth of material.

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!

BLOODMOON Voidbound

Album · 2013 · Doom Metal
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Coming from the central California coastal city of San Luis Obispo, BLOODMOON is a band that’s been around since 2010 and has joined the ranks of those metal bands that take a pinch of this and a touch of that and creates an interesting hybrid of metal styles all served up in an album’s run of music. This power trio consists of Patrick Mulholland (bass), Jason Goldie (drums, vocals) and Peter Tomis (vocals, guitar) and has been compared to Isis for its long drawn out sludgy post-metal hypnotic runs but actually takes a cue from the doom metal and black metal worlds to create its debut release VOIDBOUND which came out in 2013.

With a playing time of nearly 39 minutes, VOIDBOUND hosts only three tracks with the opening title track just shy of 18 minutes. This is one of those bands that likes a lot of foreplay before the grand climaxing money scene and that’s exactly what BLOODMOON delivers on this haunting spectral slice of blackened doom metal that cranks out sludge metal monstrous riffing laced with atmospheric eeriness graced with clean and growly vocals that parade down the runway at a non-quickened pace but yet still has the extra energetic touches to keep this from being slow and slimy like a snail’s trail. To be clear the sung vocals are growly and the wordless ones are clean and ethereal.

With tracks this long things have to be spiced up to keep the boredom from setting in so BLOODMOON has mastered the art of engaging in lengthy developments and then punctuating the regularly scheduled program with clean guitar passages as well as emphatic angularities in the form of proggy time signature outbursts. As the title track unfolds the drumming prowess begins to create monstrous percussive bombast and the track becomes ever more unstable despite the melodic riff sticking to a fairly predictable procession. While the references to bands like Isis and Pelican are well founded, BLOODMOON is a bit more diverse in how often it changes things up and has no qualms taking the doom metal into highly excitable metal quickenings that deviate from the pattern and jump into completely different sounding motifs.

“Black World” is the second longest track at just over 13 minutes and perhaps the most haunting as the background vocals are absolutely spooky when they emerge from behind the clean segments as well as the sludgy doom metal distorted din. Most of all i’m impressed on how many different styles can be eked out of a single predictable doom metal riff for so long without getting boring. Did i mention how cool the vocals are? Howling and haunting they add a new dimension to the metal march that allows the basic triumvirate of guitar, bass and drum to improvise a bit while the focus is upon them. “The Singing Flame” is downright short by just missing the 8 minute mark but instead packs of punch of intensity with guitar feedback, more amplified guitar distortion and increased tempos. The vocals are set back and have to shout from beneath the din. This one also becomes more loose and melodic as it wind the album down. Very effective.

So what exactly is this? Doom metal? Sludge? Prog? Definitely not black although there is some of that too? Don’t know but eclectic doom would cover it i guess. One thing is for sure and that is the fact that BLOODMOON maintains an even keel pace throughout VOIDBOUND but yet manages to throw enough curve balls to make this a fascinating debut release which also allows the musicians to display their chops unlike many other variations of doom metal. This was a surprise that i loved this so much. These guys really know how to make the most out of a little and have the creative chops to pull it off. The atmospheric vocal contributions serve as a fourth instrument that a keyboard normally would tackle but the way BLOODMOON does it makes it utterly irresistible. This is a highly recommended slice of progressive doom metal with all kinds of cool extras.

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