Novembers Doom
The Novella Reservoir


4.5
superb

Review

by Foodforthegods USER (35 Reviews)
February 21st, 2007 | 22 replies | 2,414 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist


Band members' performance

Paul Kuhr - Vocals

The Vocal thrown by Mr. Kuhr have always been a strong part of Novembers Doom. They had been compared to Mikael Akerfeld of Opeth and Dan Swanö Of Edge Of Sanity(Their producer). I would say that they now sound more like Johan Hegg of Amon Amarth. His Voice is powerfull and deep and they're also a bit harsh sometimes. The first growls of the song ''Rain'' are a punch in the face. His clean vocal are now a bit better than before. His voice is unique and odd. It sounds like he is a depressed maniac.

Larry Roberts & Vito Marchese - Guitars

The guitars on this record are well done. It seems that the band decided to be a bit more aggressive. The Pace are faster and the riff more thrahsy. They're approach seems to be like amon amarth did on ''With Oden On Our Side''. Do not be scarred about this little improvement they also keep their doom roots. Some riff are really depressed and slow like Swallow the sun does.. They're also playing more solos than before. Tracks like ''Novella Reservoir'', ''Drown The Inland Mere'' and ''The Voice Of Failure'' have good melodic solos. It's not a show-off competition, it's a nice add-onn to these songs. The acoustic part are also well written. People always say that a band that plays acoustic bridge and parts are Opeth Rip-off but Novermbers Doom are not. They just play their style and it sound good.

Joe Nunez - Drums, Percussion

The drums done by Joe Nunez are basic death/doom metal chops. The beats are simple and he's not doing a lot of fills. He Also used the double bass a couple time but not too much which is a good point. He did a good job but nothing special here.

Chris Djuricic - Bass

The bass sound of Chris is mighty. We can clearly ear it and they serve the songs for the better. Like most of the metal bassist he's not shinning a lot. The bass is just following the guitar riffs. Not bad but be he could have done better.

Additional Musicians
Ed "Shreddy" B - Keyboard

They keyboard is a welcome instument in some of the songs. ''Twilight innocence'' and ''Leaving This'' are shinning a lot because of these little piano melody. Thanks to Ed ''Shreddy'' B for his appearance.



Overall Sound And Improvements

''The Pale Haunt Departure'' was a record that I've enjoyed but in small doses. The music was missing something. With ''The Novella Reservoir'' the band decided to take a more aggressive approach. ''Rain'' is an awesome starter and instantly catch you. The song are a lot more interesting and it never gets boring. The album has now faster song like ''Rain'', ''Drown The Inland Mere'', ''Dominate The Human Strain''. ''Twilight Innocence'' is a full acoustic song and probably the most interesting song of the record. The Novella Reservoir also include the typical doom metal songs. Songs like ''The Novella Reservoir'', ''The Voice of Failure'', ''They Were Left To Die'' and ''Leaving This'' are much slower and depressed. Those songs have also a great doom atmosphere in the same vein of Swallow The Sun. The Novella Rerservoir is the perfection of The Pale Haunt Departure. They have now filled the little holes that were empty. This album is easy to listen from the start to the end.

The Package:

This record comes in only in regular cd format. Their's no digipack or extra dvd. The cover looks great. It looks like the one on ''The Pale Haunt Departure'' but a differant place and different colors. The Booklet includ all the lyrics and some pictures.


Pros:

A bit more solos
More Agressive
Good Production
Atmosphere
No Filler

Cons:

Maybe Odd for some people



Highlights:

The Novella Reservoir
Drown The Inland Mere
Twilight Innocence
Leaving This



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Tyler
Emeritus
February 21st 2007



7924 Comments


Decent review, but I'm not crazy on the format...

CheckersOnMyShoesYo
February 21st 2007



215 Comments


This review really confused me, like a lot. I dont know, it had decent content.

Shattered_Future
February 22nd 2007



1539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, the format is kinda weird. It detracts from the information you put in.

And damn you. I wanted to be the first to review this one as well. :mad:

It's pretty ironic how simple, yet good, this album is.

Tyler
Emeritus
February 22nd 2007



7924 Comments


So review it in a way people can understand it easier Shattered.

Foodforthegods
February 22nd 2007



425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The review is divided in two main parts: The band's performance and the overall sound and improvements from The Pale Haunt Departure.

Shattered_Future
February 22nd 2007



1539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Maybe I will, druggie. :mad:

Eh, I got time tonight. I can bang out a few reviews.

Confessed2005
February 22nd 2007



3314 Comments


I have heard Drown the Inland Mere which is an awesome song.

This band have actually been around for a very long time - they just do not seem to get much exposure. The Pale Haunt Departure was a great record.

Foodforthegods
February 22nd 2007



425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Everything Swano touches turn to gold. And yes Drown The Inland Mere is one the best song they've ever written.

Shattered_Future
February 22nd 2007



1539 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I personally like the title track the best. It's got great contrast between the growling and Kuhr's monotone singing.

Foodforthegods
February 22nd 2007



425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I agree. Drown The Inland Mere is more of their new style. The Novella Reservoir is the typical doom/death song that they're writing usually.

publicastration
February 23rd 2007



57 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Novembers Doom is good, but there are much better Death/Doom bands out there.

This is an improvement over The Pale Haunt though.

I know my rating seems low, but keep in mind the MX rating system says 3.5 is a "Great" rating and that's my opinion. It's not anything more imo.

jrowa001
March 20th 2007



8749 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

twilight innocence is one of the most beautiful songs ive ever heard. i love this album

Foodforthegods
April 11th 2007



425 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah twilight innocence is amazing.

Pebster49
May 7th 2007



2987 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This album instantly made me a fan of these guys, "Drown The Inland Mere", "Rain", "Twilight Innocence" are amazing songs

Cravinov13
May 18th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Strangely this album was heavier then I expected. Not bad though, way more death
then some of the stuff I heard before.This Message Edited On 05.18.07

Tyler
Emeritus
May 18th 2007



7924 Comments


Their vocalist is still endlessly better in Subterranean Masquerade.

Cravinov13
May 18th 2007



3854 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

the vocalist is pretty good none the less.

Tyler
Emeritus
May 18th 2007



7924 Comments


yeah, definitely.

FR33L0RD
May 18th 2007



1458 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I like the doomed sound of this album


CoRpSeSlAyEr
July 1st 2007



855 Comments


For some reason i never checked these guys out on Sputnik. Chris, the bassist, is my guiatr teachers close friend and is in his band Sage. Really good band too.



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