Worship/Persistence in Mourning
Elemental Doom Trilogy I - Wood


3.0
good

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
September 25th, 2008 | 25 replies | 6,588 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Funeral doom legends Worship forget that they play funeral doom.

1 of 1 thought this review was well written

With their 2007 released album Dooom, Worship paid respect to the late Max Varnier, who was an integral part of the sound and image of the band. Although being released 6 years after his death, it contained music he had written and recorded, and was in part his creation. Nevertheless, with Dooom out of the way, Worship have moved on, and their latest offering on this split with the US based funeral doom project Persistence in Mourning is a very different Worship than one would have expected. Newer member Satachrist was the main writer of the Worship track on Elemental Doom Trilogy I - Wood, a song that he wrote over a decade ago when he was part of another band. In all honesty, it's very different from what one would expect as a Worship track, and in respect to the hardcore fans of the band, was perhaps not an incredibly wise input for the split.

The track itself is not even funeral doom, driven at a relatively fast pace by a chugging riff. The gutturals are somewhat reminiscent of Varnier’s raw and throaty sound, but are overshadowed by Pharos' deep, chant-like singing. What originally made Worship so appealing was the combination of feedback and mournful leads, and this is noticeably absent on ‘Baumvater’, in favour of odd distorted squeals over a plethora of chug. Admittedly, as a rabid Worship fan, hearing ‘Baumvater’ was largely disappointing. It’s not that the track itself is bad, simply a leap in a very different direction. It probably isn’t terribly wise to speculate, but here’s hoping ‘Baumvater’ was merely an experiment and not an indicator of the future Worship.

Persistence in Mourning is a one man funeral doom project from the USA, and this split coincides with the release of his debut album, The Undead Shall Rise. Unlike the first half of the split, Persistence in Mourning’s track ‘Of Once Living Stone’ is actually a funeral doom track. Relatively short in terms of funeral doom, the track displays slow riffing over a brooding clean guitar line, lessened by a strained vocal performance. The track is not spectacular, but manages to retain a sense of despondency and does not overstay its welcome. Hearing an entire album of songs like this one however, is not entirely appealing, but having not heard The Undead Shall Rise, that is merely an assumption.

Ultimately, Elemental Doom Trilogy I - Wood does the job of expanding Worship’s catalogue of splits, and casts a flicker of light over Persistence in Mourning, who perhaps will need it after limiting his debut album to only 200 copies. As a Worship fan though, the split isn’t terribly impressive, and instills a sense of doubt in regards to Worship’s future.



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rasputin
September 25th 2008



14517 Comments


Wrote this up quickly, but meh it's only a split. For those interested, Baumvater means Treefather.

BallsToTheWall
September 25th 2008



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Doom much? Good review, I will avoid this however and be content with my LTTL for my doom craving.

sadmafioso
September 25th 2008



318 Comments


good review, i like reviewing splits/EPs because it's usually a nice exercise and it doesn't require a bunch of writing and analysis

butthurt worship fan lol

rasputin
September 25th 2008



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Yeah, this was pretty disappointing. Thanks guys.

And yes, I am very butthurt.This Message Edited On 09.25.08

Wizard
September 25th 2008



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For so few words, I always get a good sense of how an albums sounds through your reviews rasputin. Excellent once again! I've been meaning to check out Dooom by Worship for quite some time now. Maybe I should get on that?

Digging: Monarch - Sabbracadaver

rasputin
September 25th 2008



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Thanks wizard, yeah you should check it out. I might overrate them a bit, but my favourite doom band ever, really. I do know that you might find it boring though, so I urge you to listen to a track on myspace before making any purchases; it's really fucking slow.

Wizard
September 25th 2008



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Sometimes I need to purchase an album to really get into it. I figure since I bought it, I might as well force myself to understand why its so great (and usually it works out well for me in the end). Kind of like how I turned myself on to Neurosis. People, like me and you, don't just hype something up if their is substance there.

rasputin
September 25th 2008



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You make a good point. This is the sort of album you can really get into, but in terms of getting into doom, you're throwing yourself way into the deep end with Dooom. But I recommend it to you strongly, anyway.

Wizard
September 25th 2008



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I simply love a challenge!

rasputin
September 25th 2008



14517 Comments


A challenge it will be then

fireaboveicebelow
September 25th 2008



6837 Comments


haha wizard sounds like a kid in the candy shop

Wizard
September 25th 2008



19231 Comments


I am.

marksellsuswallets
September 25th 2008



4848 Comments


wow...this...is...s.......l.......o..........................................w........
like really...like if this was any slower I swear it would go backwards...

Willie
Moderator
September 25th 2008



15877 Comments


Another good review. I tried their Dooom album and didn't really like it so I probably won't listen to this either.

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charlesfishtitz
September 25th 2008



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it's not that slow

marksellsuswallets
September 25th 2008



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oops...I meant Dooom not this haha

rasputin
September 25th 2008



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yeah, 'Baumvater' is so different from what's on Dooom. Did you listen to this fishtitz? What you think? It's decent from a doom/death perspective, but not from a Worship one.

rasputin
September 28th 2008



14517 Comments


I'm actually liking Baumvater now

charlesfishtitz
September 28th 2008



784 Comments


i dont have time to listen to this

rasputin
September 28th 2008



14517 Comments


it's only one song dude, i'll give it to you on msn



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