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Barabbas (Germany) : Golgotha

Barabbas is a three piece family project featuring three brothers who claim to play "ultra-slow piano doom-metal". When I first read this I expected it to be far more piano focused and while it's indeed true that you'll hear the piano throughout nearly the entire album, it's not as dominating as you might expect from a purely instrumental release. However, it is during the periods without any other instrumentation, like the intro 'I.N.R.I.', that 'Golgotha' clearly reveals its strongest side. Here you'll find sad melodies that, while not overtly advanced, hit the right depressive-nihilistic spot on a mostly funeral doom release.

The band name Barabbas refers to the biblical criminal who was released in place of Jesus. The album is inspired by the book Barabbas by Pär Lagerkvist which tells the tale of Barabbas seeing Jesus put on the cross in a place meant for him. This in turn triggers a search for something to believe in, to give meaning to an otherwise dark existence. A very somber mood for equally somber music.

I believe this album to be self released since this is the only thing ever released by Kaiphas Records. Also, the name Kaiphas (German equivalent to Caiphas) refers to the high priest which led the conspiracy against Jesus, thus fitting the theme. It's unusual to see a self released album on anything but a CDr, but these guys have made professionally printed CDs and the cover is top quality. It's apparent that they've put some effort into this release.

I think that second to the pure piano sections, the main appeal of this album is that it really reflects the depressed pondering of Barabbas. One can really picture him as he tries to adjust back to his old life but continues to be haunted by his thoughts. If you want funeral doom fit for explorations into the dreary inner depths, then this is one for you.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. I.N.R.I.
2. Golgotha
3. Lost

Duration : Approx. 52 minutes

Visit the Barabbas (Germany) bandpage.

Reviewed on 01-04-2009 by Arnstein Petersen
Aesthetic Death
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