Autumn is here and Halloween is quickly approaching, so my thoughts are beginning their seasonal migration into the darker side of metal. Detroit, Michigan-based death/doom act Temple of Void is back with their sophomore album, Lords of Death. Although this album released in the middle of summer, it slipped through the cracks and I hadn’t thought about it until a friend mentioned it recently.
What’s that they say about good intentions? In a spectacular display of poor time management, I’d meant to have this review out around Halloween, and it’s less than two weeks before Christmas. Where did November go? Although this isn’t as seasonal as I’d intended, Uncoffined’s second album, Ceremonies of Morbidity, is a great slice of death/doom.
As spring rolls in, vacations and family obligations are getting me behind on reviews, so here are several short ones to tide everyone over until life settles down.
Reaching "metal puberty" in the early 1990s, I was there for the rise of the The Peaceville Three, and while these bands had their triumphs and missteps over the years, I’ve remained a fan of the death/doom style. When done well, it’s a spectacularly moving experience. When not, it can be a boring chore to sit through. Which category does Sweden’s When Nothing Remains fall into with their newest album, In Memoriam?
No lie — I love me some doom/death. Being a fan of My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost from “back in the day”, I’ve always loved the atmosphere of dread created by well-done music of this type. Enter FamishGod from Spain with their debut album Devourers Of Light.
Italy isn’t typically the first country I think of when the phrase "epic doom/death metal" is brought up. Typically, it’d be the England during the heydays of My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost, or Anathema or the icy northern reaches of Finland or Russia for bands like Thergothon, Skepticism, or Ea. Necropoli might change that perception for me, however.