Warning
Watching from a Distance


4.5
superb

Review

by Eli EMERITUS
April 24th, 2010 | 980 replies | 42,765 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: One of the most incredible and absorbing doom albums ever. Period.

Now defunct doom metal band, Warning, were a four piece hailing from the United Kingdom. The band met with great critical success, quickly gaining a cult following within the doom genre, releasing merely two albums in their fifteen year career. One of these albums would go on to become an instant classic, receiving indelible amounts of praise. Said album, "Watching From a Distance," is a deeply confessional story of love and loss. This is a rare occurrence where the underlying concept is actually crucial towards the album's success. Everything plays so perfectly with the deeply depressing and emotionally gut wrenching narrative, that it simply cannot be ignored.

"Watching From a Distance" is a beast of an album, both in terms of depth and breadth. Thematically and musically, the album is incredibly absorbing, making for an all around immense piece of work. The guitars are dense, the drums are heavy, and the vocals are completely evocative. The band works as a whole, not as separate instruments, making the band seemingly work like an ever evolving organism. Everything works together perfectly, making a really cohesive and solid sound. The guitars are tuned rather low, and churn, rather than "shred." This helps things move rather slowly, which in this case is great. The slower tempo creates a gloomy and depressing atmosphere, and allows for a very provocative tone to permeate the record.

Don't let the mere five songs fool you, "Watching From a Distance" is truly massive album. Each song is fairly large in length, with the shortest being seven and a half minutes. Each song rolls along, moving slowing but with an unmatched sense of power, heaviness, and urgency. The title track opens with an incredible guitar section, both dense and completely contained. But not to be outdone, the drums perform rather impressively as well. The same intensity found here is blanketed across the record's entirety. Drums crash, guitars reverberate with moody precision, and the vocals are as depressing as they are wonderful. Patrick Walker is impressive to say the least. His clean vocals and lyrical eloquence are perhaps the album's greatest strength. It's moody atmosphere is only solidified by Walker's aching performance, and his lyrically mastery. The emotion is as palpable as it is gut-wrenching. At times the writing may seem a tad bit forced, or even cheesy, as is the case for "Footprints," but moments like these are sparse and forgivable.

Some may be turned off by Warning's sound. "Watching From a Distance" really does have some grower potentially, as it may take several listens for one to discern between songs. The slow tempos and thick atmosphere can definitely make things muddled and homogeneous, but after a few spins of the disc, the songs really do become completely unique from one another.

Yet with these small complaints aside, Warning have clearly crafted a masterpiece. "Watching From a Distance" works like a living, breathing organism, where each aspect is vital to the "life" of the album. Those who experience it will have a difficult time forgetting it.



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Xenophanes
Emeritus
April 24th 2010



10592 Comments


This is a re-write of a review I did last summer

Relinquished
April 24th 2010



24878 Comments


Work on the first sentence, doesn't seem like "were" fits there. I was sure this already had a review.

Album rules hard, especially the title track.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
April 24th 2010



10592 Comments


Thanks, I'll fix it!

Dryden
April 24th 2010



12928 Comments


so good

Xenophanes
Emeritus
April 25th 2010



10592 Comments


I gave this a four at first, then gave it a few more listens. It's good

YouAreMySilence
April 25th 2010



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Been digging this alot lately. Didnt read the review but I suggest not ending the tagline with "Period."
That suggests that the review is pretty much pointless.

Lucid
Contributing Reviewer
April 25th 2010



7022 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of the best metal albums ever. Period.

Digging: FKA twigs - LP1

IAmInsect
April 25th 2010



3800 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

ugh

iBosley
April 25th 2010



268 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

rules

SeaAnemone
April 25th 2010



19939 Comments


wanna listen to this just because I love the cover so much... I probably won't like it though

Digging: Natural Snow Buildings - The Night Country

YouAreMySilence
April 25th 2010



3727 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Give err a try, its super depressing but really good.

Athom
Staff Reviewer
May 15th 2010



17204 Comments


The best Doom album ever.

BallsToTheWall
May 15th 2010



44164 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The audio equivalent of drinking purified coffee in a christian coffee shop.

FadeToBlack
May 15th 2010



10913 Comments


wut?

Spare
June 11th 2010



5270 Comments


BUTT MOMENTS

Dryden
June 11th 2010



12928 Comments


so good

SeaAnemone
June 11th 2010



19939 Comments


I don't even like metal one bit nada nothing but this transcends metal right into the tiny dark spot of my souuuuuuuuul

Spare
June 11th 2010



5270 Comments


it's because AND THEN I REMEMBER THAT I KNOW YOU LOVE ME I KNOOWW YOU DOOOOOOOO DUN DUN DUNNNN

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2010



17920 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

this was 26 on my list guys its REALLY GOOD

Athom
Staff Reviewer
June 11th 2010



17204 Comments


23 on mine. I wish I could write shit this gutwrenching.



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