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Absolute Misery : Before the Rot

Absolute Misery is perhaps the one project which defines the border between the doom and the non-doom side of both ambient/doom and drone/doom. Although I consider this as qualifying as doom metal, albeit barely, many would not consider this doom metal at all and in fact probably even call it ambient/drone. In any case, the demo is out for free here and instead of listening to me ranting on about which genre this can be shelved under, I advise you to download it yourselves and make up your own minds.

I don't personally regard minimalist music as automatically constituting depressive music. Even when Absolute Misery is at least one of, if not the most minimalist doom metal project out there, it does fail to live up to its name when it comes to creating a feeling of absolute misery. Instead, it creates a calm imprint of sadness which just lingers in the back of the mind. I consider it to be much better as a background music for silent contemplation rather than music which invokes a mourning mood. [edit by author: Although it has later occurred to me that for some this might be what they call total misery, since it's after all something very individual.]

The music is based on a gentle droning, which in turn is built upon a very basic and simple doom riffage mixed with ambient sounds. In the far back of the music is a very faint radio noise which creates some depth to the music, forming what can only be described as an image of a vast empty void.

Other than that there's not really much to say about this release; two tracks of minimalist drone/doom which is clearly intended for the same fan base as Fall Of The Grey-Winged One. Personally, I prefer Matt Zuchowski's other projects such as Funerary Dirge and Dusk Ov Shadows, but I guess that is a matter of taste.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. These Final Words
2. Such Wreckless Sorrow

Duration : Approx. 32 minutes

Visit the Absolute Misery bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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