|These are hard times for the darker, obscure variants of doom-metal. The established forces in the genre have the tendency to either disband (Unholy), or change completely of direction and focus, exploring more popular and predictable genres (Anathema, Paradise Lost). Fortunately, there are still other, less known bands which keep the flame ablaze, determined to take over the torch and continue along the path of the most damned of all musical styles.|
Necare is such a relatively unknown band, although they already went through the usual setbacks most underground bands have to face in the dawn of their career. This duo from central Virginia "inherited" the typical sound set by masterpieces as 'Paradise Belongs to You', 'Turn Loose the Swans' and 'Serenades' adding its own flavour into a self-willed variant of old-school doom death.
The orchestral opening track 'Lux Occulta' immerses the listener immediately in a pool of dark romanticism similar to the atmospheres evoked by My Dying Bride and Anathema in a past which seems more than ever lost in a mist of obscurity and bitter nostalgia. 'Eleanor' is already a first highlight, a long, epic hymn to sadness which eventually explodes in an emotional climax featuring desperate grunts and bitter-sweet keyboards. From then on it only gets better, with the ultradark 'Wall of Voices', my personal favourite on this album; the delicious 'Juliet (Libera Me)' which, only based on the sounds of a viola, keyboards and clean vocals, manages to create an atmosphere of sorrow and - strangely enough - also undefinable hope somewhere at the end of the horizon; 'The Mourner', which sounds like a mix of old Anathema and Bethlehem and the tranquil, relaxing outro/title track which leads you safely out of this sweet dream and back into the cold, harsh reality.
Although Necare does have its own, typical sound - which is far from the modern, polished doom sound we got used to lately - it clearly doesn't seek to experiment or to introduce innovation in the doom genre. It does no more, no less than that which old school doom death fans have missed so much during those last years: playing high quality, solid doom death.
Australian label Crestfallen Records proved that they have a nose for talent by signing this band early this year, so 'Appassionata' should soon lay on the shelves of CD stores, exposed to the greedy hands of embittered, old school doom death fans. You know who you are, and you have been warned.
1. Lux Occulta
3. Wall of Voices
4. The Fury
5. Juliet (Libera Me)
6. The Mourner
7. Even the Heavens Cried
Duration : Approx. 44 minutes
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