|Review: The 11th Hour - Lacrima Mortis|
Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2012
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: February 26, 2012
Reviewed by: MetalMike
The 11th Hour plays Doom Metal that features a lot of different influences. From the classic riffs of Candlemass to the more epic and sorrowful sounds of While Heaven Wept to the harsh vocals pioneered by My Dying Bride, the band brings them all together on their second album, Lacrima Mortis. Everything works together well and the album is quite an engaging listen.
Main man Ed Warby, who handles most of the instruments in the studio, also supplies the clean vocals. These are split about 70/30 with the harsh vocals, courtesy of Pim Blankenstein. They often sing together, creating a textured vocal sound. The music isn't over the top, but the songs are well written and full of melancholy melodies, highlighted by piano and keyboards. The slow, heavy riffs of tracks like "Rain on Me" flow easily into the majestic choruses of songs like "The Death of Live."
The 11th Hour is hardly original, standing so squarely on the shoulders of giants, but that hardly matters when the music is done this well. Lacrima Mortis doesn't expand the horizons of Doom Metal, it simply does an excellent job within them.
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