|Review: Apostle of Solitude - Sincerest Misery|
Label: Northern Silence Productions
Year released: 2008
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: November 16, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Sincerest Misery is the debut album from this American band that goes by the name of Apostle of Solitude. Founded in 2004 by vocalist/guitar player Chuck Brown, the band released a first, self-titled, demo in 2005. This was followed by a second demo in 2006, Embraced By the Black.
With a name like Apostle of Solitude, one doesn't expect to hear some mainstream Power or Heavy Metal, nor a Black and even less a Gothic ensemble. No, this is nothing else than good ol' Black Sabbath-ish sort of Doom Metal. Sincerest Misery is just cool and greasy music, like Ozzy and Co. used to do, way back when. The guitars are heavy, distorted and much crushing. Pounding drums beat the slow to moderate pace, while strong basses are rumbling along the lines. I only have a bit of a problem with the vocals. I do find them too clean/mainstream and lacking emotional darkness. The guitar work alone is worth the price of this CD, because it is really doomed to the bone! The CD version contains seven tracks, and lasts over 70 minutes, while the double LP version clocks in at 96 minutes. This last one offers the Embraced By the Black demo as a bonus.
There are quite a few great pieces on this Doom opus such as "Confess", "The Dark Tower", "The Dustbowl Earth" and also a great cover of a Sabbath's classic "Electric Funeral".
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Interview with Corey Webb (drums), Chuck Brown (guitars and vocals), Brent McClellan (bass) and Justin Avery (guitars) on July 14, 2007 (Interviewed by Cluedo)
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