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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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.

MY DYING BRIDE 34.788%... Complete

Album · 1998 · Doom Metal
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"34.788%...Complete" is the 5th full-length studio album by UK doom/death metal act My Dying Bride. The album was released through Peaceville Records in October 1998. It´s the successor to "Like Gods of the Sun" from 1996 and features a couple of lineup changes since the predecessor as drummer Rick Miah has been replaced by Bill Law and keyboard player/violinist Martin Powell has also left. Powell has not been replaced and the keyboards featured on "34.788%...Complete" are therefore performed by engineer Keith Appleton and producer Robert "Mags" Magoolagan. "34.788%...Complete" is the first My Dying Bride album to not feature violin.

Stylistically the material on "34.788%...Complete" is quite different from the melancholic gothic tinged doom metal style of "Like Gods of the Sun (1996)", and it´s not just the lack of sad violin parts which make the two albums very different listening experiences. It´s obvious from listening to "34.788%...Complete" that My Dying Bride at this point felt a need to experiment with their sound to prevent stagnation, and experiment they do. The basis of the music is still heavy riffs and rhythms and in that respect "34.788%...Complete" is a doom metal album. Aaron Stainthorpe still only performs clean vocals, but his vocals are more varied here than on the preceding releases. Sometimes I´m reminded of Nick Cave ("Heroin Chic"), but Stainthorpe also performs his usual gothic tinged dark vocals.

It´s in the songwriting department that there have been most changes, and the band now add semi-progressive ideas and avant garde tinged moments to their doom metal. The 11:59 minutes long "The Whore, the Cook and the Mother" which opens the album is one of the tracks on the album most similiar to what came before in terms of being a heavy and epic doom metal track (although keyboards are used a bit more than what we´ve been used to from the band on past releases). The atmospheric part in the middle of the track is one of the most beautiful melancholic sections in the band´s discography, and the most beautiful thing about it is how simple it is. A very simple acoustic guitar melody with underlying atmosphere enhancing keyboards and spoken words and samples. The spoken word part is similar in style to the replicant interrogation method from the sci-fi movie "Blade Runner (1982)", with the interogator asking questions in Cantonese and Stainthorpe answering in English. It´s one of the highlights of the album and one of the standout tracks in the band´s discograpy.

The remaining tracks don´t reach the heights of the opener though, and although they aren´t bad quality material, the highligts are few and far between. "Heroin Chic" stands out as it´s a very different sounding track, with the use of electronics, female vocals, some dark and sexually themed lyrics, and the above mentioned Nick Cave influenced vocals by Stainthorpe, but I´m not sure I would call it great. It´s just...different. Some of the other tracks have moments here and there which are intriguing enough, but none of them stand out as anything special.

"34.788%...Complete" features a detailed, powerful, and well sounding production job, and the sound production suits the material well. There´s no arguing that "34.788%...Complete" is the odd one out in the band´s discography (along with "Evinta (2011)"), but personally I think it was a bold move by the band to create something this different after achieving great success with the gothic tinged doom metal style of the two direct predecessors. It shows how uncompromising My Dying Bride are and have always been, and although "34.788%...Complete" isn´t the greatest album of their career and some songwriting ideas work better than others (if anything make sure you give "The Whore, the Cook and the Mother" a listen), I still think it´s an interesting release and a 3.5 star (70%) rating is deserved.

CONVICTION Conviction

Album · 2021 · Doom Metal
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"Conviction" is the eponymously titled debut full-length studio album by French doom metal act Conviction. The album was released through Argonauta Records in January 2021. Conviction formed in 2013 and released a demo and a couple of singles before the release of this debut album.

After the short intro track "Prologue Affliction", the album opens with "Voices of the Dead", and almost immediately it´s revealed what you can expect to hear for the duration of the album. Slow heavy drumming, heavy doomy sustained chords, solemn epic vocals, and soaring melancholic leads and harmonies. This is late 70s/early- mid-80s influenced doom metal, and artists like Saint Vitus, Pentragram, and Trouble come to mind. The band occasionally play a little faster like they do on "Curse of the Witch", but the pace is predominantly slow and doomy.

To my ears the greatest assets of the music are the lead guitar work (both the solos and the themes are incredibly well played and add a lot to the music), and the vocal parts which feature backing choirs and harmony vocals. Lead vocalist/guitarist Olivier Verron gets the job done, but he doesn´t have the most interesting voice and his delivery lacks some attitude and punch, but when he is backed by choirs/harmony vocals the vocal part of the music suddenly becomes a lot more intriguing. Not that there are many other similarities to Type O Negative here, but those layered vocal moments still made me think of the New York goth/doom masters.

"Conviction" features a heavy organic sounding production, which suits the material well, and upon conclusion it´s a good quality debut album by Conviction. It won´t revolutionize the traditional doom metal genre and it doesn´t add much new to the style, but for fans of this particular style, this still might be worth investigating. A 3 - 3.5 star (65%) rating is warranted.

ANATHEMA Eternity

Album · 1996 · Doom Metal
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The last album of the classic period of the band and a turning point in the work of Anathema as a whole. Nevertheless, despite the local softening of the sound and following precepts of their idols and compatriots from Pink Floyd (it is Eternity from the entire catalog of the group that most resembles the atmosphere and sound of the legendary British), I do not share the general enthusiasm for Eternity. In the historical context, this work is certainly important; as I said, this album was a turning point in the band's work and marked a movement in its own special direction. Also here, Duncan Patterson gives rise to his multi-part suite called Eternity; the album itself contains its first 3 movements.

With Eternity, I have about the same story as with Tonight's Decision of the notorious Katatonia: probably, with a special mood, I will like this album, but all I hear is not quite clear and understandable, either doom or Pink-Floyd-metal. The emotionality of the material and the presentation itself is not enough for the guys, Vinnie still does not know how to sing well, but he does it with a soul, the performance is chaotic and as if turned inside out. I was not won over by this album, in general, and it's not even about indulging in my favorite Pinks. Just in comparison with what will go on, the band on Eternity clearly shows immaturity in writing more serious, branded material. Of all the 12 tracks on the album, the only ones I want to listen to are the intro, Angelica, the second part of the Eternity suite, and a cover of Roy Harper's Hope. A key, cornerstone album for the band, but at its core quite weak and faded against the background of all the work of the Merseysiders.

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.

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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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