40 Watt Sun
The Inside Room


4.5
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Review

by DarkNoctus CONTRIBUTOR (40 Reviews)
March 8th, 2011 | 180 replies | 21,231 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: 40 Watt Sun traded some of their depression for a lot more beauty, and it was more than a worthwhile trade.

Let's get a few things out of the way first, though. No, The Inside Room isn't the heartbreaker that Watching From A Distance was. But this works in the favour of the album. The Inside Room still has a very Warning-like atmosphere, but with a small change in tone. Everything still drips with the passion that it did before. It's still slow with some very well written riffs, played slowly and heavily as you would have come to expect from a Warning successor band. The album still has a depressive feel, but the album comes into its own by also offering an almost uplifting undertaste - which makes the album seem a lot less one-dimensional, and just as heartfelt and beautiful as the last offering.

It can't be easy to have to write a follow up album to something widely-accepted to be the very best of its trade. Whether true or not, Watching From A Distance is revered as one of the, if not the, best doom metal albums of all time. The biggest reason of which was the almost unbelievably genuine and heartfelt vocals of Patrick Walker, whose every word dripped with emotion to the point where to some listeners it was almost too much to take. They're still here, and they're better than ever. Patrick Walker's vocals have been straightened out a bit, they sound a lot smoother, coming across a lot more clearly - and just as emotionally charged. Songs like 'Carry Me Home' are just as, if not more touching than a good bunch of Warning songs before due to his expressive and genuine vocals. The most attractive asset of this band is still just as compelling. So far, so good.

The instrumentation here remains very similar to that on Watching From A Distance, which isn't a bad thing at all. The vocalist in Warning was the main attraction, and the instrumentation was there, and played well - but worked mostly to accentuate the vocals. The instrumentation here still does that, and sometimes gets a chance to shine on its own - with more lead guitars soaring high in the mix, dancing with the heartfelt voice of Patrick Walker, and an occasional acoustic outro which serves as a great way to add a bit of variation to the disc - which arguably was an issue with Watching From A Distance. It's clear that these guys know exactly what they're doing, and they're still improving and getting better at it. As far as gripes go, this album doesn't leave much room for them since it does everything it sets out to do so masterfully. I guess the only possible gripe could be the very abrupt ending to the album, but after you've sat through over 45 minutes of perfectly executed doom metal, it's not that much of an issue.

40 Watt Sun traded some of their depression for a hell of a lot more beauty, and it was more than a worthwhile trade. Sound wise it would be difficult to tell this apart from its predecessor, but the more you listen, the more it differentiates itself from it as its own sole entity. It's a new face of the songwriter, instead of five heart-breakers, we almost have five doom metal love songs. Well, almost. Whether the new tone appeals to you or not, The Inside Room is the heartfelt, genuine and beautiful album that Watching From A Distance was and remains to be to this day. For that sole reason, it's a more than worthy successor.



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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2011



8780 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

really, really impressed with this

constructive criticism appreciated as always

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2011



16309 Comments


"Carry Me Home" was good. Sounds like a carbon copy of Warning, but that was expected. Will listen to the rest of the album sometime, too busy with dm right now.

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DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2011



8780 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

yeah it's incredibly similar to Warning but it has a slightly different tone and I think it's a lot better for it, and a lot of people would see the similarity between Warning and 40 Watt Sun as a good thing (me included).

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
March 8th 2011



16309 Comments


The review was good as well, pos.

Zettel
March 8th 2011



590 Comments


40 Watt Sun = Warning or what? Not everyone is familar with the band's history.

Hawks
March 8th 2011



35545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Gonna download this shit today.

Digging: Sun Worship - Elder Giants

ButcheredChildren
March 8th 2011



5591 Comments


a 40 watt sun? no wonder this shit is so dark

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
March 8th 2011



8780 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

40 Watt Sun = Warning or what? Not everyone is familar with the band's history.


yep, pretty much

Hawks
March 9th 2011



35545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Wouldn't say this even comes close to Watching from a Distance, but it's still great.

DeafMetal
March 9th 2011



8584 Comments


Awesome.

Hawks
March 9th 2011



35545 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I love this guy's voice so much.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
March 9th 2011



8780 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

Wouldn't say this even comes close to Watching from a Distance, but it's still great.


I think it does. Whether it's better or not is very debatable, it is pretty damn close to me and even that is a very high standard of doom metal. There have been a lot of improvements here, too. Everything success of Warning is a success here, too. Whether it's better or not, it's definitely not a disappointment in the slightest. :]

sexpoi
March 9th 2011



599 Comments


i'll give this a whirl

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
March 9th 2011



8780 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

hope you like :]

DeafMetal
March 9th 2011



8584 Comments


Ugh.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
March 9th 2011



8780 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

is something the matter? o:

Merkin
March 10th 2011



113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I think i like this more than watching from a distance. Although i think the vocals could be higher in the mix and the guitars less fuzzy but thats just my taste i guess.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2011



8780 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

i think the mix here is better than on watching from a distance

Merkin
March 10th 2011



113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

agree to disagree, tho im no expert. I think you are spot on in with the beauty comments, his voice is amazing.

DarkNoctus
Contributing Reviewer
March 10th 2011



8780 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0 | Sound Off

idk I didn't like the mix of Watching From A Distance much. the guitars had a sound I didn't much like and it didn't resonate well with everything else. everything here mixes together very well.



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