Samothrace
Reverence to Stone


4.0
excellent

Review

by King Henry VIII USER (63 Reviews)
August 17th, 2012 | 44 replies


Release Date: 2012 | Tracklist

Review Summary: DIY doom

To be Honest with you, I’m not an expert on death-doom or funeral doom - or any type of doom, but I can pin-point or not if it’s doom or not. That being said, I also can tell how great an album is after listening to a fair share of trve metal records over the years. So who is Samothrace? Well, Samothrace consists of members who are respected in their local Punk/Hardcore/Metal scenes, which range from New Mexico, Kansas, and Oklahoma, but are currently based in Seattle, WA. So when you mix different forms of punk and other variety of metal influences – you somehow or other get death/funeral/sludge/stoner doom mesh. With all of these influences combined, we get a standout album that can be regarded as a competitor within the doom community.

Basically, Reverence to Stone is a crushing journey from the start to finish. Though it does have fluctuations throughout the album that can even be considered not “crushing”- especially the very beginning of the first song, and other bridges similar in the very middle of the album, or even the melodic pentatonic solos and melodies which drives for a specific type of atmosphere that combines depression with a psychedelic/stoner tone. But that doesn’t evade it from having low-tuned distorted guitars that carry on through the album being played as a whole note for eight measures in an adagissimo tone, but that’s just typical and dead given for doom. While the second, and last song, spans for twenty minutes we still see Samothrace crush your face with an immense power. But, “A Horse Of Our Own” compares highly differently to the album opener, “When We Emerged”. Yes, they do have the same characteristics; they’re just spread out differently and expanded in many different ways on their own. After listening to the album a few times, though it does sound like one big song, but there is an atmosphere that completely differs from one to another. It is an atmosphere that is too hard to explain with words, yet frequent death-doom listeners will understand the album’s atmospheric meaning.

All in all, Reverence to Stone is a must have for death-doom fans, because this is an album that could reach top tier status. Even though it clocks in very close to 35 minutes, Reverence to Stone still shows us their intentions on a high standard with concise musicianship.



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FictionalFlames
August 17th 2012


1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I know it's a short review, blah blah tell me if I need to fix something, and constructive criticism is welcomed.

the album can be streamed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X8HtfhPhkPw

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2012


6112 Comments


I'm curious to know how the band decided to be named "Samothrace", although I already have a pretty good idea since they are a funeral doom band...





Edit:

And my suspicion was correct...

Quoting from metal archives - http://www.metal-archives.com/bands/Samothrace/107812

The band is named after a Greek island that is the home of the Sanctuary of the Great Gods, a site of important Hellenic and pre-Hellenic religious ceremonies. The most famous artifact from this site is a large, half-crumbled statue of Nike, the goddess of victory in ancient Greek mythology.



Thank god some people know that Ancient Greece is not only about light, but it is about darkness as well...

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FictionalFlames
August 17th 2012


1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah, especially when Neptune raped Medusa.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
August 17th 2012


6112 Comments


Not only that.

The oracles of Samothrace organized annual celebrations to honor Hades, Demetra, Persephone and Hera.

Along with the Eleusinian Mysteries, these celebrations were dark and not much is really known about them...

Kings from the Hellenic city-states went to Samothrace to be blessed by those oracles.


I will check this band for sure.

FictionalFlames
August 17th 2012


1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you gotta check this band out! they're kvlt!

CaptainDooRight
August 17th 2012


29148 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Awesome you beat me to it. Pos hard

Feature this now

Digging: Kangding Ray - Solens Arc

dylanjones42
August 17th 2012


180 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

The latter half of your second sentence reads a bit awkward. But maybe that's just me. Other than that nice review. I've been looking forward to this release.

FictionalFlames
August 17th 2012


1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"Feature this now"

go ask man, see if the mods will grant a feature.

FictionalFlames
August 17th 2012


1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

"The latter half of your second sentence reads a bit awkward. But maybe that's just me. Other than that nice review. I've been looking forward to this release."

i saw what you meant, and fixed it.

seedofnothing
August 17th 2012


3425 Comments


review is short but pos and good album

CaptainDooRight
August 17th 2012


29148 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@ Fiction - done bro

FictionalFlames
August 17th 2012


1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool beans

CaptainDooRight
August 17th 2012


29148 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good to see you raised your rating on this

FictionalFlames
August 17th 2012


1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

after listening to it 5 times over i realized how kvlt it was.

this and Worm Ouroboros are definitely making top 25

CaptainDooRight
August 17th 2012


29148 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

have you heard the new katatonia yet

FictionalFlames
August 17th 2012


1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

dude I'm digging it. aoty

CaptainDooRight
August 17th 2012


29148 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

second to last song "First Prayer" has such a sick opening riff besides the whole song being solid

FictionalFlames
August 17th 2012


1516 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the solo on Lethean was so badass, I seriously thought I was listening to something off of Bloodbath's second album.

YankeeDudel
August 17th 2012


9313 Comments


After one listen this was ok but nothing really special IMO. IDK just kinda sounds like most other funeral doom / sludge / post metal stuff or whatever to me. Wasnt bad. Had some riffs that I grooved too, but was also pretty boring in spots.

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CaptainDooRight
August 17th 2012


29148 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

i'd recommend not passing on this but that's just me



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