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Worship : Dooom

For some, it's been eight years of waiting, for others, less, but it's a fact that 's second album 'Dooom' took quite some time to grow. For several years after the tragic death of Max Varnier, the more conspicuous half of this doom duo, the whole project was put away. But, remaining member and main songwriter Daniel decided that the best way to honour Max was to take his legacy and bring it to completion. And he was right. 'Dooom' takes the early ideas that were conceived by Max and Daniel, ripened them over half a decade, and delivers them in a mature, final version.

'Dooom' is a massive funeral doom record that incorporates the minimalist sadness from the early Worship days, along with some touches that can be considered new. But mostly, it's that familiar desperate sound. The two brilliant opening tracks are a testament to that. Excruciatingly slow, sparse drums, heavy distortion combined with painful leads, deep growls, spoken word, and tolling death bells; it's all there.

This is also a concept album. 'Last Album Before Doomsday' was like a chaotic scream, a final angry fit before the end, but 'Dooom' is more focused in its post-apocalyptic religious story. The lyrics aren't always explicit, but definitely moody and fitting. The same goes for the artwork on this luxury cross-foldout digipak. (The album is also available as 2xLP from Painiac, as is traditional.)

New musical elements are, besides a rich and loving production, few and far between, but they deserve mention. Especially the low clean vocals and choirs on 'Graveyard Horizon', one of my fave tracks anyway, are very nice. 'Zorn A Rust-Red Scythe' features some Evoken-style clean leads, as well as a twisted piano outro from Max and Daniel's last recording session together.

'Devived' is an alternative version of the one that appeared on the split 7" with Loss, more fitting to the general sound of the album. 'Mirror of Sorrow' is not only a superb, crushing track, it's also a Solitude Aeturnus cover. The final track then ends the album in style, as it slowly takes over the melody from 'Song for Our Slaves - In the Name of Self-Crucifixion', that track from the rare 2000 split with Agathocles. Worship comes full circle and ties up the ends, leaving the future open.

So, is this the perfect follow-up? Well, to be honest, there's no perfect in my book. This is a sad, crushing album that will definitely grow on the listener in its many details. Yet, I somehow miss that which made 'Last Album...' into a timeless classic. 'Dooom' has less fireworks in the lead guitar department, there's the absence of Max's in-your-face French vomit... That might be it, and perhaps it's unavoidable. To be fair: 'Last Album...' for me is nigh impossible to surpass. I therefore judge this album by its own merits, and they are many. 'Dooom' is a more than worthy sophomore effort, and definitely one of the top funeral and doom records of the year; and I take my hat off to the efforts of Doommonger, Satachrist, and the late Fucked Up Mad Max. The past is honoured, here's to the future...

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
Book 1:
1. Endzeit Elegy
2. All I Ever Knew Lie Dead
3. The Altar and the Choir of the Moonkult
4. Graveyard Horizon

Book 2:
5. Zorn A Rust-Red Scythe
6. Devived
7. Mirror of Sorrow
8. I Am the End - Crucifixion Part II

Duration : Approx. 73 minutes

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Reviewed on 23-10-2007 by Oscar Strik
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