|Review: Condenados - The Tree of Death|
|The Tree of Death|
Label: Shadow Kingdom Records
Year released: 2017
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: April 27, 2017
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:The Tree of Death
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (2 Votes)
Second album for Chilean Doom band Condenados ("Condemned"). I remember their debut being a decent but uninspired slab of traditional Doom, and was eager to see how their follow-up fared. This album is a bit primitive in the production department, not wielding the heaviness one might want, and it rather reminds me of the sound of Solitude Aeternus' Beyond the Crimson Horizon with its echoing, far-off quality. That said, the songwriting is better than their last disc, with a lot more variety, and less of a dedication to Sabbath imitation. The riffs are solid, and guitarist Fernando Vidal still possesses a smooth, clear voice that gives this the proper archaic vibe. This is enjoyable without being groundbreaking, and classic without being too retro. The songwriting is inconsistent, and some of the songs are a bit faceless, but overall this is cool.
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