Aldebaran
Embracing the Lightless Depths


4.0
excellent

Review

by Dante Alighieri USER (85 Reviews)
June 12th, 2012 | 28 replies | 4,592 views


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Dwelling in the lightless depths.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Aldebaran - Embracing The Lightless Depths

Holy shit.

Putting aside just how well-crafted this album is, in the near five year span between albums, Portland doom-heads Aldebaran have been relatively quiet for the most part (aside from an over twenty minute “EP” in Buried Beneath Aeons, but still…). 07’s Dwellers In Twilight was a crash course on how to put the common man into a doom-induced coma; crushing both soul and ears in the process. An excellently crafted album that explored the territories of funeral doom, with an added flavor of sludge and just the correct dash of hardcore to make for one of the more memorable albums of that year (or the past several after that, for that matter). Now, five years later, we finally get a new full length in the form of Embracing The Lightless Depths, and on, my god, what a treasure it is to hear, again, just why these guys ruled so much in the first place.

Differences from their debut abound within the first couple minutes of this already daunting album. Fully abandoning any semblances or similarities to sludge and instead opting for a straight-up funeral doom sound, Embracing The Lightless Depths features two epochs in the form of “Forever In The Dream Of Death” and “Sentinel Of A Sunless Abyss”, aired out between the three instrumental “Occultation” suites. Like breaths of respite before the eternal plunges, the “Occultation” suites are formidable on their own, with “Ocular Tauri” going over six minutes in length. They merely serve as post-rock interludes between the massive two songs of “Forever” (at almost twenty-five minutes) and “Sentinel” (at almost thirty minutes in length).

What Embracing The Lightless Depths does that makes it such a stellar album is not Aldebaran's ability to keep the listeners attention for the full listen (which they do), but in the subtle nuances filled within the negative space between riffs. Featuring a new guitarist, Aldebaran let each song flow naturally, giving each song all the time in the world (almost literally) with harmonies and slow-burning solos abounding throughout the album, particularly in “Forever”. The interplay between the two guitarists of Aldebaran, locked together by an absolute on-key rhythm section, helps make Embracing The Lightless Depths one of the more engaging funeral doom albums out there: album that can make even the most causal of fans (like myself) appreciate what is being played, and possessing a full attentive ear while doing so.

So while some of the elements that made Aldebaran somewhat of a “unique” sounding band have dissipated, they have had plenty of time to iron out any redundancy that would plague any lesser band. With five years and a “practice” EP between their two LPs, Embracing The Lightless Depths isn’t entirely gimmick-free as it is an impressive feat of solid funeral doom to contemplate and meditate ones soul to.



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cvlts
June 12th 2012



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

in b4 "lolwut This Life reviewing funeral doom?"

Relinquished
June 12th 2012



24478 Comments


is it as good as "Sightless And Silent Into Blackened Gulphs"

Killerhit
June 12th 2012



5209 Comments


no

Relinquished
June 12th 2012



24478 Comments


i need a legit answer

Hyperion1001
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2012



18066 Comments


i have yet to listen to this but youre review was, well, choppy. i had a hard time following your thoughts from sentence to sentence and even within sentences, like:

What Embracing The Lightless Depths does that makes it such a stellar album is not Aldebaran's ability to keep the listeners attention for the full listen (which they do), but in the subtle nuances filled within the negative space between riffs.


its like you switch subjects 3 times in one sentence, first you are addressing the album and switch mid sentence to the group as a whole then right back to addressing the album. it would sound much better if you did something like

What makes Embracing The Lightless Depths such a stellar album is not necessarily its ability to incorporate Aldebaran's knack for keeping the listener entertained throughout (which it does quite well), but the use of subtle nuances to fill the negative space between riffs.


something like this that keeps the sentence more focused on one subject makes your ideas flow better and makes it easier to read.

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cvlts
June 12th 2012



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Wolfe: Yes.

@Hyp: thanx for the input. and you're right. tbh I've been trying a different review style for the past couple reviews and you can obviously see I still have a ways to go lol. I'd fix it but... you know haha ;)

ShadowRemains
June 12th 2012



20252 Comments


still need this

BallsToTheWall
June 12th 2012



44164 Comments


Just read a review of this earlier today two 25+ tracks holy shit batman.

CaptainDooRight
June 12th 2012



28355 Comments


this looks tits

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CaptainDooRight
June 12th 2012



28355 Comments


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dFID_KPmMz4

good stuff

cvlts
June 12th 2012



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you're welcome

DoubtGin
June 12th 2012



6748 Comments


bohrihng

BarkHammer
June 12th 2012



125 Comments


Funeral Doom, still don't get the appeal of that genre.

Tyrael
June 12th 2012



20740 Comments


Oh my god I need this

Wizard
June 12th 2012



19240 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yes you do Tyraelxy, the album is a beast. Very nice review Dante, I didn't know you were into Funeral Doom.

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Crysis
Staff Reviewer
June 12th 2012



16263 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

is it as good as "Sightless And Silent Into Blackened Gulphs"


Probably, yes. This ruled, thanks Karl for letting me know it was out and thanks This Life for providing a good review for it.

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alachlahol
June 12th 2012



7477 Comments


the vocals do not bring the krush at all

MO
June 12th 2012



18261 Comments


good stuff

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SladetoBlack
June 12th 2012



152 Comments


Album deserves deep and repeated listens. Thought it was boring and directionless at first, but it has grown on me quite a bit.

cvlts
June 12th 2012



8954 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

agreed. Dwellers had a much more immediate impact



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