Friday, June 27, 2014

Necropoli Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?

RODOLFO: The band was born from the ashes of DAMNATIO MEMORIAE. The band was born from the encounter between art and me with Dario. I composed the riffs that Dario listened and appreciated and he made my riffs seem a lot more interesting. From there it all started and we began to compose material for the band.

DARIO: The band was born from a passion for me and Rodolfo for the sounds low and funeral. From our meeting comes a strong musical and mental alchemy and sharing that brings us to our first collaboration and drafting of album ‘I’. I contacted my dear friend David Unsaved of ENNUI who pleasantly wanted to participate as a singer.

2. Recently you have released your first full length album, how would you describe your musical sound?

RODOLFO:When Dario and I started composing new material, I wanted to compose very slow Funeral Doom. During the composition Dario made ​​me listen to Death Metal riffs, parts Drone and everything I liked. So we started to contaminate our music.

DARIO: The band was born from the idea to unite the most diverse musical styles and influences with basic Funeral Doom Metal, with no limitations of any kind, but according to a well defined canon. The album as you may well feel, combines Black Metal, Death Metal melody, Dark Ambient, Drone, and a lot of experimentation reflecting the idea that we wanted to get.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?

RODOLFO: The lyrics of the songs are written by Dario and the singer David ... they will tell you everything.

DARIO: IN our texts are defined very open and personal issues, where if you want you can review what you want ... define mental states or personal visions, about what we think, we reflect, we see.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name ‘Necropoli'?

RODOLFO: I preferred to adopt an Italian stage name for the band and Dario found out the name “NECROPOLI” which I liked it so much.

DARIO: Regarding the band's name, we thought about something that would reflect the best state and the inspiration of band. We thought that necropolis was the choice that reflected more.

5. Has the band been able to play any live shows yet or are there plans to do any live shows in the future?

RODOLFO: We are currently preparing songs to play live. We are looking for a singer and wishing to play live as soon as possible

DARIO: We are working to bring our live music with Francesco Roman on drums and a new bass player recently entered the band but as you know, David Unsaved of ENNUI lives in Russia and we are in Italy. Our intent would be to run a lot and can play along with David, because he is the singer of the band. Meanwhile from a common chord with him, we are looking for someone who is interested in playing the voice of our music during the live stage. But…I prefer the first option. J

6. Currently the band is unsigned and according to the Facebook page you are looking for a label, what kind of label do you feel that would be a perfect fit for the band?

RODOLFO: We’re looking for a record label but it is not easy. Many record companies try to make their interests and not ours.

DARIO: We are looking for someone who will follow us and believe in us and in our music and that works in the full confidence and give us a chance to travel a lot and run our music all over the world.

7. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of Funeral, Doom and Death Metal?

RODOLFO: The feedback was positive. The people in touch with us told our music was good. Early reviews are positive.

DARIO: We have only had positive responses from both those loyal to the genre and also by those who like other types of musical genres, many of whom respect our music and keep in constant touch with us.

8. What is going on with the other musical projects these days that some of the band members are involved with?

RODOLFO: I don’t have any other musical projects.

DARIO: I have had many musical projects but I want to mention only one – my old project that has helped in the drafting of our albums which is called “The Well of Past”. It is dormant for many years, but in the future you never know...

9. Where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?

RODOLFO: Continue to experiment, try to keep the style that distinguishes us, continue to contaminate our music.

DARIO: Rodolfo has answered for me.

10. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

RODOLFO: As far as I'm concerned "Kari Rueslatten" and "The 3rd and the Mortal” influenced my musical composing for the band. I mainly listen to Hard & Heavy ‘80s but I am very open to listen to all the music.

DARIO: There are many: My Dying Bride, Ahab, Evoken, Arcturus, Deathspell Omega, Reverence. Currently I’m listening always many things, from experimental-metal to blues, which I like very much, or electronic music, or classical music…and more. The way I see music is to 360 degrees and based on what I perceive.

11. What are some of your non musical interests?

RODOLFO: Are a retro-gamers, I like the cinema, theater and art at 360 °, the story of the Viking period, and many other things.

DARIO: Psychology, sports, cinema, theater, art.

12. Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

RODOLFO: The release of NECROPOLI ‘I’ is a dream come true and so I thank Dario and all the people who believed in me and supported me

DARIO: Thank you for the interview. Respect to the band. You will find everything in the same band.

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Necropoli/I/2014 CD Review

  Necropoli  are  a  band  from  Italy  that  plays  an  atmospheric  form  of  funeral  doom/death  metal  with  elements  of  industrial  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "I".

  Distorted  sound  effects  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  birth  noises  and  atmospheric  sounds  which  leads  to  a  slow,  dark  and  heavy  funeral  doom  metal  sound  as  well  as  utilizing  some  deep  death  metal  growls  and  after  awhile  melodic  guitar  solos  and  leads  find  their  way  into  the  music,  after  awhile  the  bass  playing  gets  powerful  and  there  is  a  mixture  of  both  clean  and  heavy  parts  in  the  bands  musical  sound  along  with  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  and  nature  sounds.

  Most  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and  in  some  parts  you  can  hear  small  amounts  of  robotic  vocals  and  industrial  and  experimental  noise  influences  at  and  as  the  album  progresses  the  music  starts  bringing  in  fast  parts  and  brutal  blast  beats  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  while  the  main  focus  is  mostly  on  a  slow  doom/death  metal  sound.

  Halfway  through  the album  elements of  dark  ambient  along  with  some  synths  are  added  into  the  bands  musical  sound  and  they  also  start  adding  in  more  influences  from  the  early  90's  doom/death  metal  genre  and  they  manage  to  make  every  song  sound  different  while  you  can  still  tell it  is  the  same  band  on  all  of  the  tracks,  on  the  fourth  song  violins  start  becoming  a  part  of  the  music  and  they  add  a  more  depressive  feeling  to  the  recording  and  the  last  song  is  more  of  an  experimental/drone  track  which  also  utilizes  some  evil  sounding  whispers.

  Necropoli  create  a  very  interesting  style  of  funeral  doom/death  metal  which  is  also  very  atmospheric  and  utilizes  underground  industrial  elements  and  the  band  also  adds  in  blast  beats  which  are  also  very  uncommon  to  this  genre,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  powerful  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Necropoli  are  a  very  great  sounding  atmospheric,  funeral  doom/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  recording.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Ashes  Of  My  Soul"  and  "Silence  Awaits  Me".  8/5  out  of  10.

Friday, June 13, 2014

Luna/Ashes To Ashes/Solitude Productions/2014 CD Review

  Luna  are  a  1  man  band  from  Ukraine  that  plays  a  very  atmospheric  and  symphonic  form  of  funeral  doom/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Ashes  to  Ashes"  which  was  released  by  Solitude  Productions.

  Dark  sounding  symphonic  synths  start  off  the  album  and  they  also  use  a  variety  of  many  different  sounding  keys  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  music  starts  going  for  a  more  heavier  and  atmospheric  direction  as  well  adding  in  the  doom  metal  sounds  and  there  is  also  a  great  amount  of  melody  being  used  throughout  this  55  minute  long  song.

  As  the  song  progresses  it  starts  going  for  a  more  melodic  funeral  doom  metal  sound  and  it  sticks  to  a  slow  musical  direction  from  beginning  to  end  as  well  as  having  a  symphonic  sounding  background  and  after  34  minutes  of  being  all  instrumental  tribal  elements,  demonic  growling  vocals  and  drones  become  a  part  of  the  song  briefly  while  the  music  remains  true  to  a  funeral  doom/dearth  metal  direction  and  then  the  music  also  goes  back  to  being  all  instrumental  and  during  the  last  5  minutes  of  the  song  melodic  guitar  leads  are  added  into  the  music.

  Luna  creates  a  very  long  and  dark  55  minute  epic  song  with  this  album  bringing  a  more  symphonic,  melodic  and  atmospheric  take  on  funeral  doom/death  metal  while  still  having  the  heaviness  this  genre  is  known  for  and  he  sticks  to  mostly  an  instrumental  direction  with  only  a  few  seconds  of  growls   and  the  production  sounds  very  dark,  powerful  and  heavy sounding.

  In  my  opinion  Luna  are  a  very  great  sounding atmospheric  and  symphonic  funeral  doom/death  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  8  out  of  10. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Lucian The Wolfbearer Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the musical project?
1. LTWB is a project centered around the aspects and emotions of Doom and Gloom, I started out doing it as a folk project for the first album but the full intent was after to go straight more towards a Funeral Doom style. I  am co-founder and frontman for a Blackened Death metal band named Benighten Empire, and Vocalist/bassist for thrash band Black April. I have always loved doom's grim and delightful story telling and atmosphere. That is a major reason why I have driven this solitude project. It caries my soul and  very much so helps me get all the built up things off in story pattern.

2.So far you have released 2 albums and a couple of singles, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on all of the recordings?
2. Deep Thought pattern, a story to be told, to get a feeling for each and every song across.

3.According to the metal archives the project was acoustic folk in the beginning, what was the decision behind going into a more heavy doom metal direction?
3. Folk in the beginning was supposed to show more a nordic appreciation to the mythos, it was more of a story telling album, but " Haunted" I took it to the direction that I really wanted to go after, and the next album I'm working on will be even more  Doom than last.

4.The lyrics cover Norse mythology and Paganism, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in this topic?
4. Most of the lyrical content was Nordic driven, I still have a tiny bit of reference, " Haunted" has both nordic and just plain out Gloom, but the next album, which I can release the name is " At The Gates of Twilight " will be mostly funeral driven. I've been taking some time in this album to get everything on the exact track I want sound to lyrics and feel.

5.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Lucian The Wolfbearer?
5. LTWB is i can say my inner guardian, I have always had a fondness to wolves, also for awhile I used the name Lucian for a stage front for Benighten Empire. LTWB is my soul.

6.With this project you work all solo, do you feel this adds to the creativity of the music?
6. The creativity is there of me, I've ran through my head a bunch of times if I would like to gather musicians and make this tour ready, maybe in the future but not near future. I would love to tour LTWB and write albums with other musicians but it would have to be in acceptance of sticking to the Funeral Genre.

7.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom metal?
7. The Feedback has been impressively positive,  I cannot thank the fans of LTWB enough, I also would like to thank Senseless Life Records for everything they have done for me, They are a very reliable and good label to work with.

8.What is going on with the black metal band that you are involved with these days?
8. Benighten Empire still has the raspy vocals and such but we are turning more into a blackened death metal band, the new stuff is killer, and we will be recording shortly, this summer just has been really busy for all of us.

9.When can we expect the next full length and also where do you see the project heading musically during the future?
8. Benighten Empire still has the raspy vocals and such but we are turning more into a blackened death metal band, the new stuff is killer, and we will be recording shortly, this summer just has been really busy for all of us.

10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
10. I support all bands, I still go to alot of shows and support the scene, I love all my metal brothers and sisters with all my heart and will bend over backwards for them. But nowadays and before I listen to Pallbearer, Type o Negative, Evoken, Doom:vs, My Dying Bride, Ahab, Portal, Overkill, Bathory, Carpathian Forest, Colosseum, I can go on and on.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?
11. I love spending time with my wife Kate and my Dogs. I am absolutely attached to my German Shepherd Osi ( osiris), I've had him since her was 8 weeks old and now he is 2 years, he looks more wolf than shepherd , he is much bigger than most German Shepherds, more like Direwolves, and yes I watch and read Game of Thrones Religiously.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts? 
Stay Tuned and check for updates for upcoming album " At The Gates of Twilight ", Thank You for everything 


Beneath The Storm Interview

1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the musical project since the recording and release of the new album?
First of all, thanks for this opportunity. Not much since the release,for it was released a week ago. I recorded a couple of new songs (demos) after the last “Evil  Reflection” recording session.  And i´m
Thinking about maybe releasing a conceptual EP, or at least make some songs for the next record that would fit together lyrically. I´m still not sure …

2.Recently you have released a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction of the newer music and also how does it differ from the album you had released a year ago?
The musical direction is not that different from the first album.
There are more high pitched screams, less samples and much more lyrics. I guess it still has those elements of funeral doom just cause it´s so slow. You can definitely hear more sludge than on the first record, which is kinda what I aim for.  Lyrically it´s not something I intended, it just came out that way. And it´s also a lot longer than the first album, almost double the time.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with the newer music?
This new album has a lot of songs about death. Which, unfortunately was a big part of my life for the last few months. It´s not as much the death of an individual but more like the death of humanity and the “evil” sides or reflections of the universe. The song “Frozen” is a good example, which is about the end of our solar system and therefore life as we know it. This topic kinda found its way into the lyrics without me even realizing it or being too conscious about it. Anyway, I needed to get this of my chest and now it´s done. For the future,
i´m definitely going to write more songs that are straight up about old horror movies, like the song “Helen”. I want to do a lot more about witchcraft.

4.I have seen you label the music as 'horror doom sludge', can you tell us a little bit more about this tag?
Haha, that´s more or less a joke. Well, it´s doom sludge and it´s about horror movie themes, so why not call it horror doom sludge. None of the songs is about a funeral, but it´s called funeral doom…

5.There are a good amount of horror movie samples throughout the music, can you tell us a little bit more about your interest in these types of films?
I just love horror movies or let´s say dark movies. Love everything on witchcraft, ghosts or Satanism, but i´m not really into slashers or zombie movies (they´re boring to me). I´m a very big fan of David Lynch´s films. I would love to do a whole album based on the movie Inland Empire (which is probably one of my all time favorites), but I don´t know about the samples. I always concentrate on classic horror movies because I don´t want to deal with copyright issues. I can´t really use a sample of Jack Nicholson saying “here´s Johnny”… if you know what I mean. I thought about losing the samples altogether but it just sounds too good. I have been a fan of movie samples in songs since I´ve first seen Metallica´s One video as a kid. It was just so
much better with the samples.

6.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Beneath the Storm'?
It´s about being vulnerable, being in the center of a storm but still being able to enjoy it due to the mind´s ability to numb itself.  It´s kinda like being in a cruel situation but not caring about it, because you realize that not giving a fuck is the only way to remain sanity. That´s at least one interpretation…Also, a fun fact about the name: it is from a song by one of the greatest bands alive.

7.Currently there is only 1 member in the band, do you feel this adds to the creativity of your musical sound?
Probably not, but it makes certain things a lot easier. For instance, if I have an idea I go along with it and that´s it. This may seem totally normal but it´s not if you are in a band with 4 or 5 other guys. You see the biggest problem within a band (of 5 or 6 people) is not the lack of creativity, it´s coming to an agreement. What i´m
trying to say is, it´s hard to have an idea that everyone in the band would truly like and support. Where there are 5 people, there are 5 ideas and usually those ideas are not even close to each other. When I started this project, I had a concrete idea of what i´m doing. If other people would get involved, this project might never happen or it would have taken 20 times longer to write and specially record the songs. I know it sounds crazy, but doing it on my own is a lot easier, faster and much more fun.

8.The new album came out on Argonauta Records, can you tell us a little bit more about this label?
It´s an Italian label dealing with doom, sludge, post metal… it´s fairly new. I believe “Temples Of Doom” was one of the first releases. They started out with releasing their own material with the band Varego. Within the last year they released some pretty cool cd´s and their band number is rising constantly, bringing new fresh artist.It´s really a cool label, we have a great relationship and i´m reallyhappy to be on it.

9.Recently Breathe Plastic Records released your first album on cassette, are there any plans also to release the second recording on cassette?
At this point, I don´t know. We talked about it, but they are just too busy at the moment. I hope they´ll release it cause for some reason people are buying tapes again. I´m amazed by that, still. What I really hope for is a label that could release it on vinyl. I lovevinyl!

10.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of doom and sludge metal?
Oh, it´s been far greater than I expected.

11.Are you involved with any other musical projects these days?
Not at the moment. I was playing in a death metal band until not too long ago, but I had to quit because I don´t have time for it.

12.Where do you see your self heading into musically during the future?
It´s probably going to get a bit sludgier but still very slow and brutal. Maybe i´ll do some clean vocals here and there, other than that it´s not going to change a lot. As I said, from the lyrical aspect it is going to be even more about horror movies. I´ll probably start to release conceptual albums or EP´s. I´ve been playing with
this idea for a long time. Maybe even do an EP which is entirely based on one movie like Moloch´s Possession.

13.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?
For the last year or so I´ve been listening to a lot of doom sludge such as: Noothgrush, Meth Drinker, Moloch (UK), Eyehategod, Thou, Haggatha, Leechmilk, Primitive Man… and a lot of jazz to keep a
healthy balance haha

14.What are some of your non musical interests?
My only interest in life is music.

15.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
I´d like to thank you for this interview and the album review. It was fun, no personal questions which I like. And for anyone who is reading this: keep supporting doom and sludge! If we won´t, nobody will. It´s
not like there´s a machinery behind this, or tv and radio support.It´s just us, the fans.


Monday, June 9, 2014

Beneath the Storm/Evil Reflection/Argonauta Records/2014 CD Review

  Beneath  The  Storm  are  a  1  man  band  from  Slovenia  that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom,  sludge,  funeral  and  drone  which  he  calls  horror  doom  sludge  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Evil  Reflection"  which  was  released  by  Argonauta  Records.

  Dark  sounding  drones  start  off  the  album  along  with  some  spoken  word  samples  a  few  seconds  later  which  leads  up  to  a  slow,  dark  and  heavy  doom  metal  direction  along  with  some  deep  death  metal  growls  and  depressing  melodies  a  few  seconds  later  and  there  are  also  some  high  pitched  screams  which  also  adds  in  black  metal  elements  into  the  musical  sound.

  All  of  the  tracks  are  very  long  and  epic  in  length  and   there  are  also  a  good  amount  of  horror  movie  samples  being  utilized  throughout  the  recording  and  you  can  also  hear  some  synths  being  utilized  in  the  background  which  also  enhances  the  dark  atmosphere  of  the  album  and  as  the  album  progresses  you  can  hear  some  distorted  amplifier  drones  and  noises  being  added  into  the  music  at  times  along  with  a  great  amount  of  sludge  influences  and  the  music  sticks  to  a  slower  direction  from  beginning  to  the  end  of  the  album  and  there  is  a  brief  use  of  a  melodic  guitar  lead  being  utilized  on  one  of  the  tracks.

  Beneath  the  Storm  stakes  the  darkest,  heaviest  and  slowest  elements  of  funeral,  sludge  and  doom  metal  along  with  a  slight  black  metal  feeling  to  create  a  new  genre,  'horror  doom  sludge'  with  his  musical  style,  the  production  sounds  very  dark  and  heavy  while  the  lyrics  cover  darkness.

  In  my  opinion  Beneath  The  Storm  are  a  very  great  sounding  horror  doom  sludge  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Helen"  and  "Frozen".  8/5  out  of  10.



Sunday, June 8, 2014

Servants Of The Mist Interview

1.For those that have never heard of you before, can you tell us a little bit about the band?...We are a 6 piece from Tampa Fl. We play music that is a direct representation of our soul. Doom and Sludge is often how we are categorized. We have existed in some form since 2010.

2.So far the band has released 2 ep's, how would you describe the musical sound that is present on both of the recordings and also how do they differ from each other?....The Daydreamer ep was the the start of our decline into mental illness. We began down tuning our guitars more. The subject matter became darker. The Daydreamer ep had more samples. Suicide Sex Pact was the culmination of our descent into madness. The riffs were heavier and the subject matter much more sadistic.

3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?.....We explore rape, sexual torture, Self loathing, murder, suicide and addiction.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Servants Of the Mist'?....It was a lyric in a song in one of our earliest demos. I think our name represents enslavement. A hostage to our darker urges and desires. Forced to exist in an ugly world. You either embrace it or let it slaughter you. We choose to embrace excess.

5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played over the years and also how would you describe your stage performance?...It is hard to determine our impact on our audience. It challenges the average metal fan. We have had many average metal fans walk away from us. I think if you exist in our world then the music will make perfect sense. We played with The Tardy brothers of Obituary fame. We opened for Danzig. Those shows were exciting because the attendance  was large and it exposed us to more people. I think of my stage performance to be a way to travel to a dark spirit world. I can exorcize my demons and allow them to create suffering and mayhem within the audience. There is nothing I won't do emotionally or physically while in touch with my demons on the stage.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?... We have a show with New Orleans sludge legends Eyehategod. We will tour the east coast of the U.S. this August. We would love to come to Europe.

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label or have received any interest?...I don't know what place labels have in the music business anymore. I would love to be on Southern Lord or Metal Blade. Record labels that have some capital. I'm not holding my breath
We haven't received any interest and I don't expect any.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your music by fans of funeral, doom metal and sludge?....I don't  really know. I know Suicide Sex Pact was received well in its limited release. I'm hoping we can increase our exposure. That more people can hear us. I think we could greatly increase our fan base.

9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?......I like to constantly release new music. One to four songs at a time. A full length would take too much time. We can't afford to not produce anything in a year while writing a full length. The world doesn't care and they quickly forget who you are. So we try to keep them interested a few songs at a time. Our musical direction in the future will solely be where I'm at emotionally. I live in a terrible place and my music reflects that. I'm afraid that my music must take a more positive direction or I will simply commit suicide.

10. What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?....The Melvins, Eyehategod, Cough, Electric Wizard and Burning Witch to name a few. I have been listening to Fleetwood mac, Acid King, Pretenders, Christopher Cross and Reo Speedwagon lately. It removes me from my world and puts me in a world where I want to be. Sometimes I just want to feel ok.

11.What are some of your non musical interests?..Suicide, meaningless unprotected sex, drugs, fear, tears,  and over thinking.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?...Only that instinct will always surpass logic. Pain is not a badge of honor. It is only a scar. Morality will attempt to destroy your right to indulge. People will hurt you, lie to you. They indulge themselves without thinking of who it effects. You need to do the same. Fuck, eat, drink, get high, buy a gun and serve yourself. The dream is dead and Servants is what's left hiding underneath a rock......Thank you
Ed Tobar..lead guitar, founder and father of Servants

Friday, June 6, 2014

Doom:VS/Earthless/Solitude Productions/2014 CD Review

  Doom:VS  are  a  1  man  band  from  Sweden  along  with  the  singer  of  Saturnus  doing  the session  growls  that  plays  a  very  melodic  and  atmospheric  form  of  funeral  doom/death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  his  2014  album  "Earthless"  which  was  released  by  Solitude  Productions.

  Dark  and  depressive  sounding  synths  start  off  the  album  along  with  a  slow,  dark  and  melodic  funeral  doom  metal  sound  a  few  seconds  later  which  leads  up  to  some  deep  death  metal  growls  becoming  a  part  of  the  recording  and  after  awhile  you  can  hear  some  leads  in  the  music  tat  utilize  a  great  amount  of  depressing  melodies.

  Spoken  word   parts  can  be  heard  in  certain  sections  of  the  recording  and  every  song  is  close  to  10  minutes  in  length  and  there  are  also  some  clean  parts  being  mixed  in  with  the  heavier  sounds  at  times  and  as  the  album  progresses  acoustic  guitars  are  added  into  the  musical  arsenal  adding  a  more  progressive  feeling  to  the  recording  while  the  music  stills  focuses  more  on  a  heavier  sound  and  by  the  time  the  recording  goes  into  the  5th  track  melodic  clean  singing  vocals  start  to  make  their  presence  known  and  all  of  the  songs  remain  in  a  slow  direction  from  beginning  to  end  of  the  recording.

  Doom:VS  creates  a  very  dark  and  melodic  sound  with  the way  he  approaches  funeral  doom/death  metal  as  well  as  making  each  track  a  masterpiece  for  this  genre  of  music,  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound,  while  the  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  poetic  themes.

  In  my  opinion  Doom:VS  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  and  atmospheric  funeral  doom/death  metal  project  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Earthless"  and  "Oceans  Of  Despair".  8/5  out  of  10.