Warning
Watching from a Distance


5.0
classic

Review

by Vak USER (12 Reviews)
December 3rd, 2012 | 13 replies | 955 views


Release Date: 2006 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A sad, bleak and downright depressing album.

5 of 6 thought this review was well written

Imagine you are sitting atop a hill, trees and rocks strewn about. Below, a river runs through a never ending plain of grass. A path way leading to a broken down stone bridge connects the two pieces of land. The grass is green, the water is clear and the sky is blue. Now, take all the color out so the landscape is nothing but grey. Now that thats done. Visualize your first boyfriend/girlfriend or whatever partner which relationship hurt the most upon ending. They are walking along the path with their new partner, arm in arm, while you sit atop your hill watching like a wretched creature, paralyzed by anxiety and sadness. That is the image that came to mind when listening to this album. Its a sad, bleak and downright depressing piece of work.

The album is typical doom metal, striped down to its most basic components. No cheap tricks or gimmicks, this is straight up doom. Heavy, thick guitar chords ,a little bit of melody, drums crashing and echoing around and a vocalist, that, might be a hit or miss for some, has enough emotion and conviction in him to make this album truly shine.

As stated, the guitars are thick and heavy, with some melody. They work great together, one crushing you into submission while the other works to keep you listening and interested. The drums echo and crash around the place, giving the album that little more depth and atmosphere. The instrumentation isn't anything new, just very well executed.

The vocals. Whoa. As stated he may be a hit or miss depending on your preferences but by god can he sing. His vocals drip with emotion and conviction, they soar over the rest of the band and take front stage many times. I found myself getting completly lost within them, humming and singing along as he poured his heart and soul out. The lyrical subject also helps (and even more if you can relate) to the overall emotion and impact the album can have.

5 songs clocking in at 50 minutes can seem a little daunting, especially when its played at a pace thats a little quicker than a snails. But give it a chance and who knows, maybe you'll join the legion of fans that have hailed this as one of, if not the best doom album to ever grace our ears. 5/5



Recent reviews by this author
Trivium Vengeance FallsWold Screech Owl
Moonsorrow V: HavitettyAmon Amarth Versus the World
Opeth My Arms, Your HearseDaylight Dies A Frail Becoming
user ratings (276)
Chart.
4.2
excellent
other reviews of this album
Scott Krasman (4.5)
When you realize that the person who once loved you has replaced you....

Eli EMERITUS (4.5)
One of the most incredible and absorbing doom albums ever. Period....

related reviews

The Strength to Dream

Comments:Add a Comment 
Vakarian12
December 3rd 2012



3812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

One of the best albums I've ever heard. This pretty much sums up what I have to say.

Any and all (constructive) critisism is welcome.

Digging: Eternum - The Devouring Descent

Keyblade
December 3rd 2012



14811 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Excellent review for an excellent album. Good job dude, pos.

Digging: Strawberry Switchblade - Strawberry Switchblade

Vakarian12
December 3rd 2012



3812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

thanks man! appreciated.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2012



16372 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Never understood why people call this the best doom album ever

Digging: Darkspace - Dark Space III I

Chortles
December 3rd 2012



17955 Comments


same

good review nonetheless, pos'd

CaptainDooRight
December 3rd 2012



29071 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

al is barely decent

but review is pos

Digging: Kangding Ray - Solens Arc

Vakarian12
December 3rd 2012



3812 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5 | Sound Off

thanks bros, much appreciated.


glezz
December 3rd 2012



235 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

"A sad, bleak and downright depressing album."

A sad, bleak, downright depressing, plodding, and incredibly boring album.

zaruyache
December 3rd 2012



6393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Never understood why people call this the best doom album ever


Just wait until some girl rips your heart out, then you'll understand.

Digging: CHVRCHES - The Bones of What You Believe

Funeralopolis
December 3rd 2012



11309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yea best doom album ever, but Candlemass has some close contenders.

Digging: Sugary Sweet Machines - Controlled Breathing

Funeralopolis
December 3rd 2012



11309 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

might review their debut, it isn't anywhere near as good as this but it at least deserves a review.

Crysis
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2012



16372 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just wait until some girl rips your heart out, then you'll understand.


yeah can't wait so i can 5 albums that understand how i truly feel

zaruyache
December 3rd 2012



6393 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's like Patrick Walker gets me, man.



You have to be logged in to post a comment. Login | Create a Profile





FAQ // STAFF & CONTRIBUTORS // SITE FORUM // CONTACT US

Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z


Site Copyright 2005-2014 Sputnikmusic.com
All Album Reviews Displayed With Permission of Authors | Privacy Policy