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Review: Novembers Doom - To Welcome The Fade
Novembers Doom
To Welcome The Fade

Label: Dark Symphonies
Year released: 2002
Duration: 54:51
Tracks: 10
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: September 8, 2002
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
To Welcome The Fade


Melancholic, relaxing, depressing, melodic, aggressive... All adjectives that can be used to describe this latest album from Chicago doomsters Novembers Doom. This album catches my attention more than its excellent predecessor, "The Knowing", which says a lot. The album kicks off on a fast and aggressive song and there you begin a journey that'll make you go through just about every emotion (OK, maybe not happiness - this is doom after all :)). From heavy, aggressive guitars with death-like but still understandable growls, to light acoustic passages with clean, "sad" vocals, you'll also be treated with mid-paced material and occasional female vocals (very well done soul-reaching vocals). I guess the overall release could be summed up as "beautiful music" (as un-metal as this may sound - hehe), I've rarely run into an album that is so effective at bringing out so many types of emotions.

The music is helped by a very good production which could hardly be better. Having heard a few of their previous albums, I can say the band have outdone themselves as musicians and songwriters, just one more proof that a band can evolve without resorting to gimmicks or going commercial. Being far from a doom metal expert, I won't venture into making any comparisons with other doom bands, although I have seen My Dying Bride mentioned here and there - but that's just hearsay. ;) This album is definitely one of the top releases so far in 2002. Highly recommended - but I didn't need to say that, did I? :)

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