Confessor
Condemned


3.5
great

Review

by Jeremy Wolfers USER (63 Reviews)
February 9th, 2013 | 11 replies | 1,193 views


Release Date: 1991 | Tracklist

Review Summary: An anomaly in the doom world that didn't really ever repeat itself.

3 of 3 thought this review was well written

Confessor are a band that made its first appearance in 1991 with Condemned, an album with a rather minor impact at the time of its release. As a result, the band vanished into oblivion, only to return over a decade later and release Unraveled, a decent but slightly less distinctive album with its turn. In some ways comparable to Memento Mori or Solitude Aeturnus, but still very much unique in their sound, it's difficult to really put it into a particular genre; it's got the power metal influence of the aforementioned pair of bands and their doom elements, but it's also got grinding, heavy death metal riffs mixed in, and with much more complex song structures and rhythms. But not only is Condemned a unique album, it's an all round engaging and weighty listen.

Perhaps the most obvious strengths and weaknesses in the album lie in two instrumental areas: the drums and the vocals, respectively. The drumming on this album is famously some of the best of the time, with complex rhythms easily flowing into each other and with extraneous fills thrown; it carries a lot of the songs' energy and helps to make the album or the more interesting. The vocals, however, are definitely an acquired taste. If you thought the guy from Watchtower was bad, you better keep your distance, since this album provides similar vocals but with an even more present wailing quality. It's likely to turn off a lot of listeners, but it's tolerable enough and does provide an effective contrast to the doomy, churning guitars and bass beneath. The guitar parts do also escape into tech-metal territory occasionally, with little fills reminiscent of the aforementioned Watchtower mixed in with crushing death-tinged doom riffs.

A lot of the tracks build the same atmosphere, but particular highlights include a pair of opening tracks, Alone and Collapse Into Despair, with shifting rhythms and a punishing atmosphere and weight to each. Uncontrolled also powers ahead nicely, with some oddly timed riffs and some of the albums most furious drumming and vocals, although the gang vocals at one point sound a bit out of place. The title track is another highlight, with a complex opening drum line leading into one of the catchiest but most rhythmically odd tracks on the album. Realistically though, all the tracks are up to more or less the same high standard, but some are a little less distinctive, like The Stain, which is solid but nothing too different from anything offered in earlier tracks.

Really, this album is perhaps a bit more intriguing than necessarily effective; it's a bit repetitive, and the vocals may put some people off, but it's impossible to find an album that quite fits the same potent template. It's not particularly accessible, either musically or physically, but it's a strong album all round and it'll most likely appeal to the power-doom crowd; just expect something a little different.

Recommended Tracks:
Collapse Into Despair
Alone
Condemned
Uncontrolled
Suffer



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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2013



5985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well written review, kudos for writing this, pos.

Also the 3.5 rating is correct. Half the songs are superb in their complexity, while the other half feel disjointed and chaotic.

I humbly beg to differ about Unraveled being uninspired. On the contrary, Confessor tuned down the complexity of Condemned and amplified the song writing quality. With their turn, the vocals are also more down to earth and devoid of the extremisms seen in Condemned.


Some suggestions:

Confessor are band that effectively appeared once with an album that made a very minor impact before more or less disappearing without a trace until they released Unraveled over a decade later, which was comparatively uninspiring and therefore no-one really cared.

This reads like a run-on sentence. I would write it like that:

Confessor are a band that made its first appearance in 1991 with Condemned, an album with a rather minor impact at the time of its release. As a result, the band vanished into oblivion, only to return over a decade later and release Unraveled, which felt uninspired with its turn.

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KILL
February 9th 2013



71167 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice one

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Madbutcher3
February 9th 2013



1097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Rephrased it pretty much exactly as you wrote. Also altered my text on how I thought Unravelled sounded to me.

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2013



5985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I don't know, when I heard Shelton's drumming in Unraveled I instantly went into the zone.

I mean, it's progressive doom metal, you don't expect a lot from the guitars, but what they do they do it perfectly.



By the way, Shelton has a blog at this location: http://thepoundry.blogspot.gr/. From time to time, he writes about Confessor too.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013



19623 Comments


you should apply for contributor if you haven't

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Voivod
Staff Reviewer
February 9th 2013



5985 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's exactly what I was thinking to write in this comment.

Madbutcher3
February 9th 2013



1097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

How? Lol all I ever do on this forum is review and make thrash lists, I don't know anything about how it actually works.

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013



19623 Comments


lol conributor is just a title nothing will change you can still make thrash lists and review metal

Madbutcher3
February 9th 2013



1097 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well how do you apply?

Atari
Contributing Reviewer
February 9th 2013



19623 Comments


Go to your profile and under quick links click help forums. then click the second one titled applications for staff/contributor positions. The instructions will be in the first comment. Shoutbox me if you have any questions.

CaptainDooRight
February 9th 2013



28731 Comments


those dbz lookin abs Pos'd

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