Doom:VS
Dead Words Speak


3.5
great

Review

by Robert Garland CONTRIBUTOR (197 Reviews)
December 6th, 2012 | 21 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Monolithic in nature, but DOOM:VS fails to completely transcend the genre.

This one piece melodic funeral doom group are not going to break any records, nor is the wheel getting a complete makeover; rather the edges are getting refined into a more circular shape and the axles are getting re-oiled. Enter DOOM:VS’ Dead Words Speak with its long chord structures, deep growls and interesting contrast creating clean vocal passages as well as all the other stigmas of the genre (long-ish track lengths and at times minimal piano or guitar tones) and whilst the band name might sound just like a once popular video game title DOOM:VS rely on nothing of the games overall context. Dead Words Speak is melodious and captivating enough for the casual listener yet solid enough for the genre’s hardcore enthusiasts.

Now Johan Ericson from Draconian may just allow for some comparison to be given, and for the most part those comparing would be little off the mark. However (and thankfully enough) there are a few distinguishable features from between the two – even if it’s a little subtle sometimes. This multi-instrumentalist shows that he can indeed put together a solid record paying homage to an already staple sound. In fact the wheel is a fitting metaphor for Dead Words Speak. There’s no need to refit it with something that may not work, but in polishing DOOM:VS’ sound the already done before soundscape sounds relatively fresh. As for the music itself it borders on a few different moods; its atmosphere draws on anger, despair, and a sense of brooding created by guitar chords matched simultaneously by symphonic elements building into a climax before the pressure is let off, leading back into melancholy filled sections backed by ambience before the listener is launched back into a tumult of distorted passages and driving guitar work. One accessible example of this comes through in ‘Upon the Cataract’ where at eight minutes each component works together and even brings the album together.

Dead Words Speak is an opus on its own terms. It may not have the same ritualistic and oppressively minimalistic feel as Until Death Overtakes Me nor, does it have the same values of most of Paradise Found’s straight forward approach to doom metal. Rather DOOM:VS is on par with Ericson’s other group Draconian. This six track affair coming in at a respectable fifty minutes makes for an extremely solid listen. It’s easier to take this album for what it is rather than an attempt at something revolutionary (because it’s easy to see that this falls short of making that impression). Dead Words Speak is an accessible listen for any funeral doom metal project and what it lacks in terms of breaking new ground it simply makes up in solid song writing done extremely well. At times the record borders on generic but its semi painful atmosphere allows the record to regain the listeners’ attention. Fittingly the album never outstays its welcome. In short - it’s not actually that long with most of the tracks hitting the eight minute mark and the longest track ‘Threnode’ at just over twelve minutes. DOOM:VS’ Dead Words Speak is an enjoyable listen throughout and should be a welcome addition for fans of the doom metal genre.



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NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 5th 2012


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Release date is somewhere in 08, already edited, SUp Sputnik?

CaptainDooRight
December 5th 2012


29453 Comments


solid rev pos

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III ? Saturnian Poetry

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

solid rev pos

You might dig this (album) bro - although it's a little streamlined compared to the last few reviews i did

so you're saying during other album moments the components don't work together?

Not really man, I'm saying this is but one example of how the album is cohesive.

what is solid song-writing? explaining this would look much better in your review. all you've said is " Fittingly the album never outstays its welcome"

It is what it is, for example nobody in their right state of mind would call anything by Justin Bieber solid songwriting. Where as something like this has thought behind it not some gimmick of repeated phrases.





NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

youwat?

CaptainDooRight
December 6th 2012


29453 Comments


yeah bro ill have to giver her a listen

easy to find?

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I got mine from itunes dude.

CaptainDooRight
December 6th 2012


29453 Comments


cool ill check for previews or u tube when igetachance

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
December 6th 2012


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah not sure if avails anywhere else. prob is just haven't looked lol

Dodecahedron
February 5th 2013


970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Great album, one of the best Doom/Death Metal albums I've heard.

Dodecahedron
February 5th 2013


970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Edit: Sorry for triple post, computer lagged out lol

Dodecahedron
February 5th 2013


970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Edit: Sorry for triple post, computer lagged out lol

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 5th 2013


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah does that to me too sometimes, Glad you enjoyed the album though.

Dodecahedron
February 6th 2013


970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Kinda weird that most of the albums I comment on are ones you've reviewed, lol

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2013


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

These guys have a new one this year too

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2013


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I dont mind lol.

Dodecahedron
February 6th 2013


970 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This guy*

Lol I just had to make that correction. Unless he got some other band members or something.

GnarlyShillelagh
Staff Reviewer
February 6th 2013


6114 Comments


do these guys like not listen to hip hop or

NocteDominum
Contributing Reviewer
February 6th 2013


7047 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sorry, dude force of habit, anyway its titled Earthless and so far (?) it's set for an april release

Keyblade
July 18th 2013


14891 Comments


album needs more lurve

FiveLeavesLeft
August 19th 2014


9838 Comments

Album Rating: 4.3

rules



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