Dream Unending
Tide Turns Eternal


4.5
superb

Review

by Brendan Schroer CONTRIBUTOR (197 Reviews)
November 30th, 2021 | 17 replies


Release Date: 11/19/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: What it feels like to be truly alone.

Sometimes a few notes are all you need to get the point across. The minimalist guitar chords that introduce Tide Turns Eternal immediately invoke feelings of loneliness and grief, trudging along slowly while drenched in reverb. This intro is fittingly titled “Entrance”, and it does an amazing job of setting the stage for the gloomy, funereal experience that doom metal newcomers Dream Unending have laid out for us. Formed by Derrick Vella (Tomb Mold) and Justin DeTore (Innumerable Forms) and releasing their music under famed underground label 20 Buck Spin, the duo have created a piece of work that’s equal parts crushing and dreamlike; several traditional death/doom tropes are present, but there’s just something about the atmosphere and vibe that’s different.

Vella and DeTore seem just as poised to create incredible sonic landscapes as they are to create crushing, brutal doom riffs. Shades of Floydian psych-prog and Cure-esque gothic post-punk seep into the sound quite frequently; the latter is especially evident, whether it be on the melancholic-yet-surrealistic clean guitar work of “The Needful” or the beautifully tragic melodies of “Forgotten Farewell”. Even the most intense moments of Tide Turns Eternal are usually complemented by some dark or even psychedelic embellishments that flesh out the atmosphere, such as the way the echo-swathed clean guitars hang subtly above the menacing riffs and growls on “In Cipher I Weep”. A similar approach is taken with the title track; even with its heavy double bass-driven passages and monstrous vocals, there are wailing guitar leads in the distance that ensure a strong sense of desolation is maintained even in the most intense moments. To top it off, there are even some despondent female vocals at the end to drive home the overall mood of the record. As for the lyrics, they're your typical doom metal fare; lots of poetic imagery of darkness and loneliness. Here are a few highlights so you can get the picture:

From "Adorned in Lies":

Breathe deceitful dream
Shorn soul
Entangled drear

Solace in fear
So distant
So clear


From the title track:

Grey congruence
Maligned
Rejoined

Spirit like streams
Cries ambrosia
Bright
Behold your shape
The breath of dreams brings light


This is all brought together by the production team of Sean Pearson, Arthur Rizk, and John Powers, who do a wonderful job of capturing the essence of Tide Turns Eternal. Similar to Pan.Thy.Monium’s bizarre avant-garde metal landmark Khaooohs and Kon-Fus-Ion, the recording somehow sounds both cavernous and expansive; the clean guitars are very hollow and lifeless (which was likely the band’s aim), and yet the heavier moments of the record still sound very imposing and monolithic. It’s a perfect fit for this kind of music, really evoking the work of more old-school death/doom bands; think Katatonia or Paradise Lost. Still, Tide Turns Eternal retains a fascinating identity of its own, largely through how Dream Unending bend the barren and dismal atmosphere of the music to their will. It’s amazing how much emotion and raw power one can wring out of such sparse chords and melodies, yet the duo of Derrick Vella and Justin DeTore are damn close to mastering this craft already.



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Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2021


13135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I was gonna talk about the lyrics too, but honestly they weren't anything to special for doom metal. The music is the real star of the show here!



Edit: ok, never mind, decided to touch on them briefly :]

normaloctagon
November 30th 2021


8208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

another smooth rev man! but have to disagree about the lyrics being nothing too special. kinda feels like they be tying everything together.. don't get a hollow or lifeless vibe from the clean guitars either, just the opposite



nice to see someone touch on the goth influences though. digging this album more every time i listen to it. jam this thing sput!!!

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CaptainDooRight
November 30th 2021


5237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

swee

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Em1994
November 30th 2021


369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Love it. Thank god for derrick vella. Tomb mold is great and so is this.

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
November 30th 2021


13135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@normaloctagon: thanks man! And yeah, I can see the argument about the guitar thing. But to me, that "lifelessness" is one of the most alluring features, as it adds a lot to the atmosphere



@CaptainDooRight: Have you jammed it yet? Awesome stuff



@Em: Still gotta check out more Tomb Mold, I'm not too familiar with their discog yet

Em1994
November 30th 2021


369 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Their last 2 albums are great. Surprised you havent heard them. Enjoy man.

CaptainDooRight
December 1st 2021


5237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sure have, way legit!

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
December 1st 2021


13135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

@Em: I'll definitely check them out. I've been on a pretty big death metal kick recently



@Captain: Nice!

Dewinged
Staff Reviewer
December 2nd 2021


26864 Comments


Good review dude, I jammed it this morning finally and found it very underwhelming. I expected smth else idk, left with the impression of having heard a LITE version of a funeral doom album.

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normaloctagon
December 2nd 2021


8208 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Don’t give up dewiiiii

Koris
Contributing Reviewer
December 2nd 2021


13135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Thanks Dewi! And that's a respectable take. I guess in my case I just really love the approach they took here. The atmosphere of this is so lovely in a weird uncanny-valley way

DavidYowi
December 3rd 2021


2113 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

These guitars are pretty

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R6Rider
December 5th 2021


5267 Comments


Having a hard time getting past the second track cause it's too good.

CaptainDooRight
December 5th 2021


5237 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

lol



Slex
December 7th 2021


12765 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Really enjoyed this

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Koris
Contributing Reviewer
December 8th 2021


13135 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah, it kicks ass

Anthracks
December 15th 2021


7143 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

really cool



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