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Review: Novembre - Materia

Label: Peaceville Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 67:55
Tracks: 11
Genre: Doom Metal


Review online: August 21, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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Rated 4.09/5 (81.82%) (11 Votes)

I was expecting full-blown Doom with death-like growls when I first put this one in the CD player and boy, was I in for a surprise. Doom this is, but Novembre don't sail the same boat as the "popular" Doom bands out there - they've got a Gothic thing going. If anything, this is melancholic doom - not depressing, not suicidal, but rather very easy listening, easy enough that you can peacefully fall asleep on this (and I don't mean that in the bad sense.)

The vocals are clean, very melodic and on the edge of lamenting but not quite. I've listened to this quite a bit and still can't decide whether the atmosphere is positive or negative - it's as if they're walking the fence between the two and almost falling on one side and the next as they go along. The lyrics are sung in English and Italian but somehow once the atmosphere grabs you, the distinction gets very blurry. Weird, but interesting.

Musically this is slow to mid paced and overall very "quiet", and almost as melodic as the vocals, save of course for some heavier guitar moments. If you're expecting Candlemass, this is definitely not it. If you're looking for a good quiet and somewhat peaceful musical moment, then this is definitely worth a shot.

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