Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Novembers Doom - Review - Aphotic

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Alright the first thing I noticed was how much Novembers Doom sounds like Amon Amarth. It's crazy! lol just kidding of course. Thats for Larry. ;) 

Well, Once again 2011 has proved to be an amazing year for Metal. And this album is further proof that this band has done nothing but grow over the years. I've been a fan of this band since I heard "The Pale Haunt Departure" for the first time. Which up until this point was my favorite album by the band. 

Aphotic is business as usual for the band, yet at the same time they have expanded their flow and even got a bit "Darker" Now "The Pale Haunt Departure" had a very dark theme to it. But this album just feels more Visceral, Violent. It's just beautiful brutality. 

Tracks like, Harvest Scythe, Of Age And Origin - Part 1 & 2, and Six Sides. Prove that this band constantly evolves. No two tracks on this album have the same sound but they all have a dark theme to them. 

Once again the vocalist absolutely outdoes himself with the lyrical content. I'd like to say he is a Metal Poet with the lyrics he writes. They remain dark throughout the album but they retain a sense of bliss. Even if it's blissful murder. The outro on "Buried" Is also a highlight. 

Here's a good example of that, This is a small piece of the lyrics from Harvest Scythe.

I am the fear you have at night
I haunt the dreams of those who know
You’re afraid because you know I’m right
For this night, I will feed on your eyes

The guitars on this album are played with skill and precision, Vito and Larry prove they can write both Brutal and Beautiful guitar melodies. I would almost even dare to say this is them at their very best. From the Acoustic melodies on "Shadow Play" to the fucking Brutal riffing on "Of Age and Origin pt1" and the amazing solo in "Buried" They show they can play pretty much any style with fluidity and grace. Hats off to them. 

The drummer has also really come into his own on this album. Loving everything he's doing behind the kit on this album. His work on the track "Shadow Play" really stands out on this album. 

All in all this is an amazing album. And I might even dare to say this is Novembers Doom at their very best. 

Zero cons with this album. This album is pretty much perfect. As we expect from Novembers Doom. 


I'm tired of giving out 10's this year. I need an album to completely smash. 


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