Novembers Doom
The Pale Haunt Departure


4.5
superb

Review

by Shattered_Future USER (50 Reviews)
November 11th, 2005 | 39 replies


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist


Breakdowns. C tuning. Yelled vocals. Welcome to the scene of American metal, a cesspool of generic bands, each sounding more like the next as they come along. Originality seems to have passed its way by in this recent crop of American metal bands.

Or has it?

A select few bands are fighting back, back against the corporate metal scene in America. They come from all different fields of metal, some more famous than the others. However, one band seems to be above them all. Their music is brilliant, and they have been around for quite a while, releasing 5 full length albums, and numerous demos and EPs.

Yet they still arenít recognized. They deserve much more respect.That is why I must introduce you to the greatness of the band. Who are they, you may ask?

The band, my friends, is called Novembers Doom.

Novembers Doom - The Pale Haunt Departure

Released: March 8, 2005, on The End Records

Members:
Paul Kuhr - Vocals
Lawrence ďLarry" Roberts - Guitars/Backing Vox
Vito Marchese - Guitars
Brian Whited - Bass
Joe Nunez - Drums

Suprisingly, Novembers Doom has been around for a while. They formed in 1989, but it wasnít until 1992 that their music was heard. Since then, this little band from the US has gotten much critical acclaim with their 5 albums. All of them are special in their own ways, and each is worth a listen through.

What can you compare Novembers Doom to? Try Opeth. The Opeth moments are vast, ranging from the fingerpicked acoustic lines to Paul Kuhrís vocals, which are downright beastly. However, Novembers Doom has a sound all to their own as well...they combine Opethish music styles with doom metal, add some atmosphere, and create an absolutely superb musical sound that is unsurpassed.

The Pale Haunt Departure is the latest in the long legacy of Novembers Doom. It is truly a masterpiece. Pounding riffs abound, this album will beat your ass down and pick you up, only to beat you down again. The riffs are absolutely crushing, heavy as hell, and UNBELIEVABLY dark. The band exhumes pure evil through their heavy moments, and Kuhr gives you the image of the evil in the world through his deep, Akefeldt style growlings. As a girl I know likes to call them, ďSatan growls."

The band is not all about heavy, though. In true Opeth fashion (yes, I realize Iím making tons of references to Opeth), the clean moments are seen in every song. There is even an entire acoustic/clean electric song in the mix! Of course, since this is doom metal, many of the riffs are in minor keys. They arenít overly powering, though. They serve to imbue a deep sense of sadness in the listener, enhanced by, once again, Kuhrís vocals. Not only can he growl, he can SING too. His clean voice is haunting...heís got the bass vocals working in his favor, and his voice adds a whole new layer to the term ďatmospheric".

So. Fans of Opeth, you will like this. The Opeth-styled riffs and vocals are numerous in this release, and are absolutely crushing.

Haters of Opeth, you will like this too (shock!). The group isnít as confusing as Opeth...although their parts are still extremely hard and complex, they arenít so dissonant. They stick to normal, easily accessible key signatures, and craft BEAUTIFUL parts out of them.

As if that werenít enough, the production is spot on. No cardboard box-esque production found here...you can hear everything superclear.

For recommended tracks, just buy the damn album. Each track is amazing, and will have you listening again and again. If you REALLY want a few tracks to check out...

Autumn Reflection: Opens with a low, clean electric part, and blasts straight into hell. Heavy as hell, utterly dark...everything you could ask for.

Swallowed By The Moon: First song I got by the group. This one is very Opeth-esque.

Overall: 9.5/10. A superb album, worthy of EVERYONE to own. Buy it now, and support the band (me included...I only have a downloaded copy. :( ). This band is too good to break up.

A few mp3s of the group can be found at their official website, [URL]www.novembersdoom.com[/URL]. Check it out...you wonít be disappointed.



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King_Of_Terrors
November 11th 2005


52 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Wow, great review. I am definetly checking out this band. Great write up, it's really interesting, lots of info. Maybe I will get some stuff off of Soulseek like you said..

Storm In A Teacup
November 11th 2005


13221 Comments


I'm actually not sure if this is a good review or not. :confused:

Shattered_Future
November 11th 2005


1541 Comments


I have returned. :D

Been much busy with school...tons of crap to do.

Kripes, if it's not good, do you have any pointers to make it better? I'm still seminew to the reviewing game...

Storm In A Teacup
November 11th 2005


13221 Comments


I don't like how after every couple of sentences you seperate stuff is all and I can't really tell if it's a good review or not from all of the spacing.

Edit: Also while there is some nice info on the album I still feel like I don't really know what is all about this album. Another of your semi-paragraphs or two would do the trick.This Message Edited On 11.11.05

Shadows
Moderator
November 11th 2005


2530 Comments


This stuff sounds interesting judging by your descriptions. It's god to see you back, but keep in mind not all american metal bands are as you described them. see username

Shattered_Future
November 11th 2005


1541 Comments


This stuff sounds interesting judging by your descriptions. It's god to see you back, but keep in mind not all american metal bands are as you described them. see username



A select few bands are fighting back, back against the corporate metal scene in America.


Shadows Fall is in that select few.

Eh, I like the spacing...it shows different thought points.

Shadows
Moderator
November 11th 2005


2530 Comments


Damn straight. m/ Now I know why I put you on my favorites list way back in the day.

Anyway, great review, I've got this going an soulseek right now. MA said it was doom/death metal, so I'm interested.

King_Of_Terrors
November 11th 2005


52 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Yeah the spacing helps me read it, and I don't feel like it's a review written in 10 minutes.

Storm In A Teacup
November 11th 2005


13221 Comments


[quote=Jom]Since when do aesthetics dictate whether or not a review is good?[/quote]

It doesn't really, I just can't tell. :-/

Shattered_Future
November 11th 2005


1541 Comments


Yeah the spacing helps me read it, and I don't feel like it's a review written in 10 minutes.


You're right, it was more like 30. =P

I probably could have made it a bit longer...but then it would just be more repetition of what i already said, basically. The review covers all the album's points, in a short and sweet, easy to read package.


King_Of_Terrors
November 11th 2005


52 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

^True. My Sonata Arctica review took my 2 hours. =(







Dancin' Man
November 11th 2005


719 Comments


I dig this band. They share members with Subterranean Masquerade.

a_flower_blooms_as_i_decay_101
November 12th 2005


39 Comments


by making that many referances to opeth u make the band sound like a clone of opeth

Shattered_Future
November 12th 2005


1541 Comments


And by repeatedly saying that the band has a sound all its own, I make the band sound like a completely original group. :thumb:

Just try it...you won't regret it.

Cravinov13
June 13th 2006


3854 Comments


I recently just got back into this band. Probably because of my sudden exposure to some awesome doom metal like Theatre of Tragedy.

Hewitt
June 13th 2006


371 Comments


Nice review. I'm gonna check these guys out in a bit. I've recently been getting into Opeth so this sounds promising to me.

TheDevilsOwn
June 13th 2006


91 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I didn't realize Sputnik even had this band. This CD is awesome.

M A D R I G A L
June 14th 2006


103 Comments


Not one of your better reviews, but you did explain the feel of that band rather well. This band has me hooked to say the least. Great stuff here.

M A D R I G A L
June 14th 2006


103 Comments


"The Pale Haunt Departure" (song) and "Swallowed By THe Moon" are my favorites.This Message Edited On 06.16.06

M A D R I G A L
June 14th 2006


103 Comments


Thanks to you Shattered I got into a new band that sounds Opeth like!This Message Edited On 06.16.06



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