Novembers Doom
Into Night's Requiem Infernal


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Review

by The Writer Ov This Review USER (49 Reviews)
July 9th, 2009 | 21 replies | 8,378 views


Release Date: 2009 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Gloom Doom band keeps the standards high.

6 of 6 thought this review was well written

Novembers Doom have been tearing through the doom/death genre since 1995. One would believe that after all of these years Novembers Doom would lose their spark and become dull, with some bands this may be the case with Novembers Doom however it is not. It is extremely hard to believe that at what point this band was playing in a more thrash influenced band called Laceration, because it seems as though with how masterful the band plays their brand of music they have been playing this style of music since they could walk. They are back and more intense than ever before.

Doom isn't exactly what I would call my area of expertise, but with the little doom I have heard it is very apparent that they do what they do well. The most eye catching thing on this record is the vocals. The vocalist plays both roles of beauty and the beast. His style consist of fairly deep growls and soaring cleans, that are so gloomy they might just make you want to cry. He also pronounces ever word so clear that even a first time listener to harsh vocals can understand every word spewing out of his mouth. He is heard throughout the majority of the record in the foreground with the epic instrumental backing him deeper into his despair.

The lyrics on the record are very depressing and gloomy for the most part; this is most noticable on the track "I Hurt Those I Adore" but it is present throughout the whole album. You can truly tell the vocalist is venting about personal situations in his life throughout the record whether it be metophorically or just flat out spoken. The band utilizes the cleans mainly in the choruses, which I must say are beyond epic. The drumming on the record isn't exactly the most technical, but it blends very well with the other elements that make up the band's sound.

The band executes both heavily distorted electric guitar, clean guitar passages, and beautiful acoustic moments. This mainly helps the album dodge the deadly draggy sound that many bands in the genre fall victim to. The melodic moments on the album are amazing, mainly when the clean guitar comes in. "The Fifth Day of March" is the only song on the album that uses absolutely no distortion, and it shows that even without the extreme influences Novembers Doom can still remain interesting and relevant. All these elements add up to make this Novembers Doom's best release to date, fans of the band will not be let down.

This album never really gets too heavy for anyones taste unless you cannot tolerate growls period. This should get this album a wider variety of listeners than the typical heavy band. The bottom line is that Novembers Doom do what many death/doom bands have done but they do it better than most bands in recent memory. Overall I give this a 4.5 out of 5, at first this seemed to be more in the 3.5/4 range but after many listens this grew on me and I have to say I am officially addicted.

The only things that take away from the album is the fact that the drumming could of improved a bit, and at times some may find the depressing lyrics to get a bit tedious. I can honestly say that this is in my top 10 metal albums of the year thus far, this may seem a little ridiculous due to how short of a time this has been out but this is in fact the most epic record of 2009 yet. All sputnikmusic members should hear this as soon as possible.



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combustion07
July 9th 2009



5303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I feel my reviews are improving
Let me know of any spelling mistakes because as you know I have no spell check. PS the whole vocals make you want to cry is very farfetched but it gets the point across lol
EDIT:Also I will probably beef up the review a bit in the afternoon

jingledeath
July 9th 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

album is sounding solid so far. good job with the review, pos'd

Pebster49
July 9th 2009



2987 Comments


This band is amazing, can't wait to listen to this. Awesome review, just made me even more excited!

Motiv3
July 9th 2009



8405 Comments


sounds awesome.

darkHaem
July 9th 2009



24 Comments


good album

fireaboveicebelow
July 9th 2009



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

can't listen to this a second time, this band has never done anything for me

Wizard
July 9th 2009



18747 Comments


Their last album was a stale turd. Checking out their new songs on their myspace don't sound too bad. Excellent review. You are improving immensely ; ).

Digging: Triptykon - Melana Chasmata

rasputin
July 9th 2009



14504 Comments


the last one was very average, but im going to give this a shot because for some reason i have confidence in the band, they just sound like the type to be able to sound really awesome but cant quite fully achieve it yet

BallsToTheWall
July 9th 2009



44164 Comments


Cool artwork. All I can say about this band other than they need to step up to D.D's level.

combustion07
July 9th 2009



5303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is a pretty big step up imo.

BallsToTheWall
July 9th 2009



44164 Comments


I'd give it a try but I busted my personal computer. Cant download music and i'm saving money for a drive.

combustion07
July 9th 2009



5303 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Lol I just got like 8 trojans and the pop ups make it almost impossible to use now.

Willie
Moderator
July 9th 2009



15774 Comments


I didn't know this was out already. I never saw anything for it.

Your reviews are improving. Few things I saw:

First Paragraph:

It is extremely hard to believe that at what point this band was playing in a more thrash...
I think you meant "one".

Second Paragraph:
Doom isn't exactly what I would call my area of expertise, but with the little doom I have heard listening to Novembers Doom is very apparent that they do what they do well.
I'd delete the bold and replace it with the word "it".

He also pronounces ever word so clearer that even a first time listener to growled style vocals can understand everyword spewing out of his mouth
"Ever" should be "every"? "Clearer" should be "clear". Consider deleting "to growled style vocals". "everyword" needs to be seperated into two words.

Third Paragraph:

The lyrics on the record are very depressing and gloomy for the most part, this is most noticable on the track "I Hurt Those I Adore"...
Consider replacing that first comma with a hyphen.

Anyway, have to get ready for work now so I'll stop there.

Digging: Teramaze - Esoteric Symbolism

Relinquished
July 9th 2009



22308 Comments


Good review, man. The Novella Reservoir was alright, but I'll give this a listen.

cvlts
July 9th 2009



8917 Comments


doom metal=pos's all around

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rasputin
July 10th 2009



14504 Comments


yeah so this is as boring as i thought it would be. and i had my hopes up too, unfortunately

zaruyache
August 2nd 2009



4794 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This album pwns face. Seems they've for the mostpart left their doom style behind... it's more straight-up death metal that retains their gloomy style but is...heavier.

Digging: The Great Old Ones - Tekeli-Li

Willie
Moderator
August 3rd 2009



15774 Comments


yeah so this is as boring as i thought it would be. and i had my hopes up too, unfortunately
Did you really have your hopes up? I figured that it would be as boring as their previous album, so this wasn't all that bad.

jingledeath
August 3rd 2009



7104 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This was enjoyable at first but got boring pretty quickly. Last track is still great, though.

Necrophobic
October 24th 2009



88 Comments


Your reviews are improving, definitely. Like the guy above me quite a lot though, watch out for grammer mistakes.



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