Poisoned By Life are a band from New York that plays a mixture of epic and funeral doom metal and this is a review of their self released 2014 album "The End".
A very dark and melodic doom metal sound starts off the album and after a few minutes melodic vocals are added into the music and they bring in 80's epic doom metal feeling to the recording and you can also hear a great amount of melody being utilized in the guitar riffing and the solos and leads that are used have a very heavy Dio era Black Sabbath influence to them.
Most of the tracks are very long and epic in length and on the second track the music starts out with the bass guitar being in the background along with a brief psychedelic sound before making a return back to a heaver musical direction and you can also hear a good amount of 70's doom in the music while the heaviness is closer to the doom/death and funeral doom genres.
After awhile clean playing can be heard in certain sections of the recording along with a brief instrumental before returning back to a very heavy direction on the following song which also sees the band mixing in a small amount of the clean parts with a a skull crushing doom metal sound and you can hear a small amount of evil vocals and whispers being utilized in the background while most of the song is more of a heavier instrumental and there are some chants towards the end of the track, and on the last song the melodic vocals make a return to the music an d the whispers that are utilized briefly bring almost a black metal feeling to the bands musical sound and the album closes with a 70's style organ.
Poisoned By Life plays a style of doom metal that is mostly rooted in the 70's and 80's era of this genre while they also make their music sound more modern by adding in elements of doom/death and funeral doom in the guitar riffing which also gives this album more of a heavy sound, the production sounds very powerful for being a self released recording while the lyrics cover darkness, dying and gloomy themes.
In my opinion Poisoned By Life are a very great sounding doom metal band and if you are a fan of this musical genre, you should check out this album. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "Burning" and "For A Dying Man". 8 out of 10.