Posts Tagged ‘Album of the day’
Posted on Friday, July 18th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Chicago death-doom outfit Novembers Doom released their first album in 1995, nearly 20 years ago now. They weren’t the first American death-doom act, and there were others who solidified around the same time, but Novembers Doom were easily among the earliest adopters of a dramatic melancholy most common then in the European doom scene pre-Reverend Bizarre, bands like Katatonia, Paradise Lost, earliest Anathema and My Dying Bride serving as an influences to be melded with Novembers Doom‘s own Chicago death metal style.
Their progression in the years since Amid its Hallowed Mirth has been a steady line in terms of quality but has presented several distinct shifts in sound, into full-on death-doom on records like 2002′s To Welcome the Fade and 2005′s The Pale Haunt Departure, and more recently, leaning back stylistically more to death metal. The Pale Haunt Departure presented a discernible starting point, but the movement has been gradual, and over 2007′s The Novella Reservoir, 2009′s Into Night’s Requiem Infernal and 2011′s Aphotic, they’ve continued to pursue that direction.
Their latest outing, Bled White (released on The End Records, their label of the last nine years), furthers the progression to the point that Novembers Doom have very little of what would commonly be considered doom left in their sound. Instead, they offer 11 tracks / 68 minutes of depressive death metal, marked by the growl / clean-vocal tradeoffs and capital ‘r’ lyrical Romanticism of frontman Paul Kuhr and the persistent double-kick of Garry Naples. In its production and execution, Bled White is a metal album, and it retains that status even at its most subdued or melodic points, as on ‘Clear’ or the morose ‘Just Breathe.’
There seems to be a certain nihilism — or at least fuckall — in how the full-length is put together. Not in the songs themselves, which are rigidly structured, but in how they’re arranged and the overall mentality of Bled White‘s construction. With a strong opening duo of driving, catchy and pummeling metal in the title-track and subsequent ‘Heartfelt’ before the softer ‘Just Breathe’ and acoustic interlude ‘Scorpius’, it seems reasonable to call it front-loaded.
After ‘Scorpius’, ‘Unrest’ kicks back into Novembers Doom‘s blend of death and melodic theatricality — guitarists Larry Roberts and Vito Marchese and bassist Mike Feldman carefully winding between beauty and brutality as Naples tosses in blastbeats and breakdown grooves and Kuhr self-harmonizes — and from there they set about toying with the balance in their sound over the course of the brighter-toned ‘The Memory Room’, the blistering ‘The Brave Pawn’, and ‘Clear’, which has a feel like what Opeth might’ve turned into had they kept their more inventive rhythm section and dialed back on the prog fetish. But no question the opening salvo is Bled White‘s most memorable.
Continue reading: THE OBELISK REVIEW: Novembers Doom, Bled White
(courtesy of JJ Koczan / The Obelisk)
Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: When Los Angeles, CA doom instrumentalist quartet Iron Mtn ended its 7+ year stint back in June of 2013, loyal fans and followers of bassist / founder Scott Carlson (and his team of sludge assassins) mourned with the hope (and expectation) that his next […]
Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from About.com: Heavy Metal: Wolvhammer have operated under the mannerisms of black metal, the spirited attitude of punk, and the crushing spectacle of sludge metal. All of these styles blend and twist as a universal entity, neither one being more important than the other. Clawing into Black Sun […]
Posted on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from ThisIsNotAScene: West Virginian trio Karma To Burn have been plying their trade now for nearly twenty years, and whilst they might not have been given the credit afforded to the like of Clutch and Kyuss, they have been instrumental in crafting some of the finest stoner rock […]
Posted on Monday, July 14th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Echoes and Dust: Crossing the line between heavy psych and space jazz, Black Bombain take no prisoners and you need to be prepared to settle into the music rather than expect a quick fix. Reaching level of underground acclaim bordering on cultism, their releases so far have […]
Posted on Sunday, July 13th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Metal Bandcamp: You can guarantee that the majority of the chatter about Bongripper’s new album, Miserable, is going to link its title directly to the band’s sound. That’s fair enough. Bongripper does play downbeat, sludgy, and thoroughly caustic instrumental doom. There’s certainly been no obviously buoyant moments […]
Posted on Saturday, July 12th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Idiot In Remission: France has always been a haven for envelope-pushing black metal acts. From the primitive, lo-fi wrath of Les Légions Noires, to Neige‘s ten thousand side projects, French black metal is a genre that plays by its own rules, often earning the approval of critics […]
Posted on Friday, July 11th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from Sea of Tranquility: When I first heard about this album I was excited. Now, having listened to it a few times, I can still say that. What I don’t know is how other people will feel about it. It’s one thing to assume that an album of […]
Posted on Thursday, July 10th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: You never forget your first Roadburn. Ever. The Tilburg-based jewel in the world’s crown of heavy and expansive music festivals is a truly magical environment; one which is built upon a solemn promise of musical joy, artistic freedom and non-prejudicial acceptance which binds like-minded […]
Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014
Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Aurora Borealis have a good track record when it comes to pushing originality and are clearly not afraid to put out some truly challenging and left of centre releases. From the ultra-raw black metal oddities of Wolfmangler and Dead Ravens Choir to the more […]