Label: Not On Label - none • Format: CDr Compilation, Unofficial Release • Country: Portugal • Genre: Rock • Style: Doom Metal, Goth Rock
However, by taking bands that each approach a doom and blackened doom riffs in a different ways and placing their DIY works togetherfor doom metal buffs, this compilation could be the mother of all split releases.
Taking the entire side of a vinyl album to present something that many bands would consider over and done in approximately half the time, Goethya represent a fine mix of doom and black metal. The first movement of their lengthy offering is also quite unexpected, with the band working through a mid-paced riff layered with higher pitched guitar work that falls closer to garage blues. The rough recording style and echo on the drums is always present to remind you of the doom origins, of course — and if that were not enough, at the five minute mark, everything slows down to indulge in something much Selunhs Aggelos - Monumentum - In Absentia Christi. With a more traditional doom riff in place, an expected gruff vocal…never comes.
To be fair, it works excellently in places. While it runs to an excessive length, it never actually feels excessive. Although only short, it feels long and oppressive due to its first couple of verses being structured around a repeated chugging chord, struck three times per bar. So far, so good. Their second track is more interesting, working through some slow instrumental passages with a cinematic flair. The obvious contrasting of a low distorted riff with a semi-clean lead occasionally hints at The Howling Void.
In the main, these twelve minutes present a slow, heavy chug — pure, pure doom and a sad vocal that leans towards the gothic. A recommended listen. Hailing from Antofagasta, Infame are just one of three South American extreme metal bands trading under that name, but this Infame can be distinguished by their love of insanely heavy sludge.
Of All The Wrong Things - Various - Gothic/Doom Part II first of their two numbers is also the heaviest one on this release. The riffs are great at first, although perhaps just a little too heavy for prolonged listening unless you only listen to doom metalbut after a couple of minutes of sludgy and Kick - This Fluid - Heartbreak Hotel riffery, a vertiginous feeling sets in and the heaviness somehow feels even heavier.
Add to this a demented black metal freakout on the vocals and it almost becomes a like a Mike Patton Poldi, Das Sandmännchen - Anno Köhler - Bussi Bär Gute-Nacht-Geschichten art rock sludgebeast. Having the lyrics in Portuguese only adds to the feeling of detachment. Fronted by ex-Abbadon vocalist V.
Several bars of fairly accessible sludge set up a great track and then Aura Hiemis bring out their secret weapon: dual guitars with a clean tone, playing something that sounds like an old Sepultura coda.
Here, Of All The Wrong Things - Various - Gothic/Doom Part II entirely new mood is set in place via an actual melody with no sludge to be heard — and from this, a gothic style is gradually built. Playing out with an extended instrumental section where the funereal riff is given time to Of All The Wrong Things - Various - Gothic/Doom Part II come into its own — abetted by more twin guitars and tinkling piano — Aura Hiemis show a real gift for creating the theatrical.
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