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Futility : The View from Here

Very indebted to the early years of Death Doom Metal, Futility still manage to sound fresh and authentic.

Australian Futility could as well come from the bleak moors of northern Great Britain; in any case they sound neither American nor Slavic. On the contrary, our four doomsters seem to know well their prayers to the Holy Doom Trinity; their music sounds very much like Anathema to be more direct. With some early Paradise Lost grits and an overall MDB scope. Add also a good dose of Mourning Beloveth crunch and you have an Australian band that loves to play British Doom.

What is British Doom you ask? Well, it's all in the atmospherics, a light veil of grey fumes typical of England's big cities that turns into a light veil of cold mist everywhere else. British Doom is very anchored in a down-to-earth relation to life. There's a simplicity and a non-romantic melancholy (where 'romantic' is intended as a languid foresaking), an elegance also that turns its back to bombast, to any kind of too complex arrangements, to easy nihilism and to narcotic flourishes.

The growls do a lot to convey that feeling of 'materialism'; they are raspy, broken, very human; you feel the story behind, the broken dreams, the dead comrades, the bad harvest (hey, well, why not?). Another essential means to achieve this is the natural production; very organic, it makes you feel you're watching the guys play before you. It sounds real. The instrumentation is quite simple as well. I like the way the rolling drumming can make the tension rise, backing swift menacing guitar chords which lead to the expected explosion. What leads me to the following confession: everything on 'The View from Here' IS expected. Futility play what could be best described as Trad. Doom Death if you see what I mean. But read my lips, this is VERY well done. In fact, having listened to their first release, I must acknowledge that this sophomore album is better thought out, the songwriting is more potent, the riffs are majestic enough, the clever breaks like on 'Nothing' revive the interest, and the whole bears the necessary scars that tell about life and its pains.

Although very faithful to the Death Doom recipe as conceived by the Peaceville Three, you can't - if you like that sound, the moods which said genre is able to induce - resist the overwhelming power of the heavy flow carrying along such dark and sincere emotions. A cover and Doom reinterpretation of Pink Floyd's 'Comfortably Numb' will demonstrate, if needed, the commitment of those Bushmen to (English) tradition. I would personally recommend that album to any Doom lover, just because of its testimony value; add an excellent musicianship and you'll be won over.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Drowning
2. Another Black Day
3. And Still I Hate
4. Nothing
5. Misrecollections
6. Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd cover)
7. Mantra

Duration : Approx. 74 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-06-29 by Bertrand Marchal
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