Category Archives: Doom Metal

Doom Metal encompasses a large spectrum, but the chief trait is the slow tempo and melancholy riffs. Vocals can be clean or gruff, and in some cases completely ruined by gay black metal screeching. Orchestral instruments and operatic vocals are not uncommon.

ANTARKTIS – Ildlaante (Agonia)

This odd band, sometimes sludge, reminds me a little bit of Cultus Sanguine – but just a bit. Maybe it is the essence here and there, and maybe something that only I perceive.

I would like to call your attention to the video clip that I have snooped out. Put the cursor at the 7:32 mark and play from there. That particular segment of music should be the selling point for you. It is for me. I will trust that to be what pushes you toward a purchase.

THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL – Red Robes (Napalm Records)

Riffs as delicious as those from the early Black Sabbath era house singing from an older world. Listening to this album, as well as the previous ones, gives a feeling of great taste, a music to be savored.

THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL - Red Robes
THE ORDER OF ISRAFEL – Red Robes

The warmth of the guitar distortion is perfectly paired with the vocal style. There is no band like The Order of Israfel, but the music sounds familiar. I had to find a video clip to show you that my words are not lies, and you should be impressed by the quality of the band live. I long for the day when I can be a member of the audience, as will you if you consent to view.

Woebegone Obscured – The Forestroamer (Aesthetic Death)

Woebegone Obscured – The Forestroamer (Aesthetic Death)

This is an older album, but I must review it because I have only discovered the album a few months ago, and if I was unaware of this excellence, there is a chance that you may also have somehow lived without this music. I am seeking out their other works, but this CD on Aesthetic Death is a must-have in any doom-lover’s collection.

I really need not tell you anything other than to just go buy it. The album has all that you would ever desire of a doom band with death metal vocals (as well as parts that have clean singing, which are quite fitting to those passages, like the words, “Beyond this world there is a hope the sun will burn a sign for you”).

Each flavor is measured and applied only in the amounts that are needed. The ear is constantly stimulated this way. Tempo changes not only snap the ear out of the abyss, the transformation is sometimes frightening, deepening the darkness. Indeed, this is even sung, “Nothing but the dark to live for.”

One of the songs has lyrics that are presumably in Danish (this is a band from Denmark).

I am still shocked that I had not been made aware of this album, or band, until now. This is why it is good to take chances on music. You need only yourself and a willingness to explore. I found this album by going on the Aesthetic Death web site (https://www.aestheticdeath.com) in search of any music by the band ESOTERIC that I may have not heard about, and yes, I found their demo double CD, but I kept snooping around and investigated their other releases. THE FORESTROAMER is one of the albums I decided to support, and I am incredibly happy that I did, even though it is the anthem of my sorrow for now.

Esoteric – The Pernicious Enigma remaster (Aesthetic Death)

When I first heard this astounding album years ago, I knew that I had to turn off the lights and to listen on headphones, omitting all else from my attention.

This provided a theater-of-the mind, with every session evoking different images, and it seemed that I always heard something new.

This was the most atmospheric music that I had heard, and the doom was both sorrowful and frightening.   It was exhilarating to ride the songs into my mind.

When I heard that there was a remaster, it replaced all other hopes.  It became available on vinyl first, which I could not hear because I have no suck playing device.

It is finally available on CD.  To quote Victor Frankenstien, “with an excitement than amounted to agony” I unwrapped the parcel, vanished all light, and selected my best headphones.

I cannot adequately describe the sensations of that first foray.  The new mix is beyond what I had expected.  I cringed and almost convulsed in parts.

The immediate difference was the sense of space and depth.  Yes, the original mix was rich, but in this remaster one can glide with any of the sounds, swimming freely and touching other timbres as one may wish.  I was completely lost in the music.

I’ve heard it five times already, and each provided a different otherworldly experience.  This is one of the greatest pleasures to bestow your ears.

If you are familiar with the original mix, then I caution you to set aside all other things for your first experience.  The new way of perceiving what had been previously known may be too much to bear.

If you have never heard this groundbreaking album, try the song “Stygian Narcossis” as your first savoring of this exquisite music .  You will be utterly consumed.  Traverse the gates and alleys of your mind.

I STRONGLY suggest that you purchase this album.  Do not delay!

The record label website is https://www.aestheticdeath.com

You may also buy it from the band directly at https://www.esotericuk.net

Esoteric - The Pernicious Enigma remaster (Aesthetic Death)
Esoteric – The Pernicious Enigma remaster (Aesthetic Death)

The Evil – Evil (Osmose Productions)

This sounds a tad like stoner doom, with female vocals, but the singing style isn’t heavenly.  In some ways it is ugly and husky, but it fits.  There is an occult atmosphere to the music , enhanced by supernatural-sounding vocals or instrumental phrases, which further season the songs with devilish taste.

There is a video for one of the songs, which will say much more about the band than I can describe with words.  Enjoy.

DEINONYCHUS – Ode To Act Of Murder, Dystopia, And Suicide (My Kingdom)

“Dead Horse” is the first track that you should hear because it shows the qualities of the vocals that make the albums must-have parts of any metal collection.

Surely the torture in the voice and the raw emotion will make a fan of you.   Let that song ride.  You will become transformed.

I first became addicted to the music when I heard the album “Baalam Wore Black” and have rejoiced in despair with every new album.  I had feared the band’s death, but something this intense cannot be killed.

Deinonychus satisfies the argument of substance versus skill.  What I mean is that there are doom-ish albums that flaunt musicianship, but a Deinonychus album is focused on emotion – raw and cruel.

Ride that anguished voice into the theatre of the mind.  Cut your ears and submerge your hearing in blood.  These are wounds, not songs.  Learn what it is to bleed words.

DEINONYCHUS - Ode To Act Of Murder, Dystopia, And Suicide (My Kingdom)
cc DEINONYCHUS – Ode To Act Of Murder, Dystopia, And Suicide (My Kingdom)

Void of Silence – The Sky Over (Avantegarde Music)

This album features a new vocalist who stays mostly in the clean range, but style fits perfectly.  There is actually a bit more emotion in this particular delivery, almost like someone telling you of a loved one’s death.

Void of Silence has crafted a unique style of doom,  Lots of chugging and plodding riffs, making the sadness heavy, but there are atmospheric breaks within the songs, and something dark always lurks in the background.

This album is a welcome descent into melancholy.   If you have not heard the band before then this album is a good start, and after you get addicted to this sound, you can venture into the more frightening offerings, like “Toward the Dusk

Void of Silence - The Sky Over
Void of Silence – The Sky Over

 

Bathsheba – Servus

SVART RECORDS  has released many albums of the doomy variety, so I often check their roster for something new when my need for warm distortion and a slower pace  compels me.  I first found out about the label when I heard the ultra delicious GOATESS album (that is the name of the band as well as the album). The song “Oracle” has made instant fans.  you can hear this song by clicking HERE but I warn you that you will not rest until you then find the whole album.  Luckily, it is easy to purchase (as you should… don’t be a parasite)

Bathsheba is a band that I hastily classified as doom but that is just a starting point.  The guitar flirts with other forms, and the tempo sometimes reaches thrash speed.  The doom fuzz is an apt flavoring.   Add to this the female vocals and you have the tasty treat for the songs.  She varies her performance, just as the guitars do.  She can sing sweetly in parts but also can make her voice gruff in other parts.  She also evildoers words in a more flat way in some parts where she is more like a temptress, or a storyteller.  Indeed, the lyrics are an enjoyable ride as well.   

I found a live performance video that you can see by clicking HERE

Morbid Evils – Deceases

This tasty tidbit comes to us from SVART RECORDS.

The first thing to notice is the thick production in which the guitars ooze into your ears.  The warmth of the distortion reminds me of stoner doom, but the riffs are sludge.  I like when an album makes me try to orient myself.  

The vocals are stertorous, cementing this is the sludge bracket, but the extra dimension of the guitars, the strange mix of fuzz, warmth, and atmosphere, tear at the confines.   

If you are in the mood for sludge then this will satisfy beyond expectation, and you get to enjoy some ingredients outside of the style, which is quite stimulating.  

 

Abyssic – A Winter’s Tale (Osmose Productions)

This atmospheric doom album features the powerful vocal delivery comparable to SHAPE OF DESPAIR – which is far more effective for this style than the black metal type of vocals that has snuck into some of the doom offerings.  Indeed, it is better to hear a demon  than any weaker spirit.  

The four songs on this album have a long running time, so you are not buying an e.p. – in fact, two songs are over twenty minutes, and one of those is close to half an hour.  This is perfect for the inner journey.  

The music is plodding and morose, sweetened at times with nontraditional use of synthesizer, stamping a uniqueness to this style. Yes, the exquisite sorrows and pleasures of doom are contained in this work, but there is something new as well.   The album does well to honor what is revered by lovers of doom.

The orchestral layers help the listener descend, but beware, a change in tempo hides in a song – perhaps I should not have revealed it, but it is worthy of mention because there is mastery in lulling the ear and then in frightening it.  

If you love doom, you probably have decided to obtain this album within the first sentence of this review.  It will be a worthy addition to your collection.

Abyssic - A Winter's Tale
Abyssic – A Winter’s Tale