|Review: Procession - Destroyers of the Faith|
|Destroyers of the Faith|
Label: Pure Steel Records
Year released: 2010
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: October 14, 2010
Reviewed by: Adam Kohrman
for:Destroyers of the Faith
There's something to be said for being retro. Millions of people prefer old music to the new. In fact, I think most people do. But when making "retro music," one must be wary of some oh-so-common pitfalls. Some bands sounds exactly like another, lacking any originality. Then there are others, like Procession that are merely imitators. They should be a cover band, and stay far away from originals. They can replicate the sound, but they don't have the majesty, fury, anger, or what have you that made their old heroes legendary. Such is the case with Chile's epic doom act Procession, who sound as if all they wish to do is ape their heralded predecessors of Solitude Aeturnus and Candlemass.
Procession play epic doom metal on Destroyers of the Faith with riffing intended to create rising climaxes, all backed up by the crooning wail of Felipe Plaza Kutzbach, who clearly wants to sound as much like Messiah Marcolin as possible, which he can't do -- at all. His range is very limited and can only hit a few notes, not to mention it's very difficult to hear among the overmixed guitars. The sad fact of the matter is that while Procession have their hearts in the right place (they want to make the best old school doom metal possible), they really aren't that adept at it. These songs drag on an on, many over nine minutes long. But they usually consist of only a few parts dragged out for long periods of time, leaving the listener with a very dreary and boring listen.
This is an album that needs work. The band have potential, but come across as hapless songwriters. They need a new singer and creative department if they want to match the gracefulness of those they are trying to imitate.
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