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Review: Necare - Ruin

Label: Firebox Records
Year released: 2004
Duration: 60:21
Tracks: 9
Genre: Doom/Death


Review online: October 2, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 4.76/5 (95.29%) (17 Votes)

There is a right and a wrong way to do Doom, and Necare do it right. This is the debut for this band from the legendarily fertile Doom-grounds of Virginia, and I have to say I am mightily impressed.

Where a lot of Doom bands slip up is in that trying to play as bleak and sad as possible, they forget to write compelling songs, but Necare are not under the impression that simply playing slow will make them interesting, and they have put together an album that wallows in all the expected Doom excesses (loooong songs, bleak lyrics, spoken-word parts and gentle acoustic and even piano interludes) and yet remains nothing short of exciting. There is a bit of Paradise Lost influence at work here, also some Agalloch and a little Morgion. But overall Necare create their own soundscape, yet remain firmly within the boundaries of their genre – and they do it very well. The guitarwork and riffs here are the best part of the package, as they very well done, with catchy yet melancholy melodies, sad yet not spare. The guitar tone is nice and heavy, and the production overall is very good. Vocals are harsh, well done if a bit standard. They also do some spoken word parts, as on "Gethsemane", and these are actually very cool. Hearing a guy intone morbid lyrics while the doomy riffs crunch away is pretty gnarly, if you ask me. Even the songs that go on a long time, like the 13 minute "Celia" don't get boring, as even with the piano breaks and interludes, Necare never seem to forget what they are doing, and they keep the good melodies coming no matter what.

So, a very impressive debut for a young band with vast potential. If you are at all a Doom fan, especially a fan of Doom/Death bands like Morgion or old Paradise Lost, then you should track this one down. Necare have made an album at once gloomy, emotional, bleak, and above all entertaining. Highly recommended.

More about Necare...
Interview with R.H. on November 27, 2004 (Interviewed by Sargon the Terrible)
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