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Review: Syrach - Days Of Wrath
Days Of Wrath

Label: Napalm Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 64:24
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom/Death

Rating: 4/5

Review online: January 23, 2008
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Days Of Wrath

Rated 2.33/5 (46.67%) (3 Votes)

This is the second full-length of Norwegian Doom Metal from this band. I had never heard this band before, and I have been so overwhelmed with worthless stoner CDs I was initially reluctant to even listen to this. The fact that the cover art was by My Dying Bride's awful Alan Stainthorpe was not a mark in its favor either. Happily though, this is a strong album by a band who will bear future watching.

Syrach have successfully managed to combine the epic nature of classic Paradise Lost Doom/Death with a Trad Doom riff-style that sounds quite a bit like what Electric Wizard would sound like if they were worth a shit. The riffs here are solid, even if they are pretty derivative, and the long songs are mostly legitimate, rather than just long for the sake of it. "The Firm Grip Of Death" does go on a bit longer than it has to, but Syrach almost completely avoid the 'boring' trap Doom bands often fall into. The album opens up well with "Are You Able To Breathe Fire?" (which sounds like a question off a supervillain job application) and follows with more killers like "Semper Ardens" and "Come Daemons". The vocals are harsh, but understandable, and here and there are highlighted with some very good female vox that really liven things up. The album does drag on a bit, but overall this is a disc Doom/Death fans will not want to skip. Worthy.

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