|Review: Middian - Age Eternal|
Label: Metal Blade Records
Year released: 2007
Genre: Stoner Doom
Review online: April 15, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.25/5 (65%) (4 Votes)
Formed in 2006, Middian are newcomers to the Doom/Stoner scene, although they do have in their rank Mike Scheidt of YOB fame. With only five songs but clocking in at just over 57 minutes, these guys sure aren't going to be on the radio any time soon. I have two main problems with this album: First, it's not THAT long by today's standards, but it FEELS long. I don't like listening to an album and wondering when it's going to end. Second, the vocals: Two of the three members share the vocal duties and one of them has an incredibly annoying voice that is just stuck in my head and just won't go away. It's a very nasal, more or less high pitched voice that make you want to punch him. The other vocals are more death-like, more akin to the style used by Doom/Death bands. Musically this is quite diverse - some stoner mixed with Doom that blends Mourning Beloveth with the likes of Novembers Doom and there's even an occasional Mardraum-era Enslaved vibe (don't get too excited, it's just a vibe. :)) There are some rather drastic changes in sound here and there that catch the listener off-guard and this might be an annoyance to some - it took me some time to get used to it. All this would be very sweet if it wasn't that there are some lengths where things sound a bit repetitive. They could have shaved a few minutes off a couple of songs and ended up with a better result. With that said, despite some shortcomings this is overall a pretty good album that shows a lot of potential. I can live with the repetitiveness in some songs but please, stick to the death-ish vocals next time.
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