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Believe in Nothing : I

Looking at the cover of the demo, the release title has been put above the project name. The letter "I" can both be interpreted as the personal pronoun for oneself or the Roman numeral for one. However, when it is placed as it is on the cover, it spells out "I Believe in Nothing". A very nihilistic title that fits the equally nihilistic music.

Believe in Nothing is a one-woman funeral doom project by Sandra Emmerich. She herself claims to make progressive doom metal, but while I can hear some progressive elements, the music reminds me more of what Worship would have sounded like if they put less focus on the ugly and more on the pure depressive. The vocals are clean, but faint to the point where she almost whispers. In contrast to more powerful vocalists, she really sounds like she is quietly mourning. They also sound more hopeless. After all, there is no point in raising your voice when there is no hope that can hear your woes.

While I've made strong comparisons to Worship, you most likely have never heard riffage like this anywhere else within the funeral doom genre. The use of hollow drums and a faint church organ add to the music’s unique personality. But what strikes me the most is the music’s ability to slow down, almost to a halt at times. It's almost like the music itself has lost the will to continue and almost doesn't. Finally, the comparison with Worship isn't complete until it has been mentioned that while many might find them to be too extreme and too ugly to be truly depressive, Believe in Nothing manages this just fine. This project is mostly extreme in just one direction, the total lack of hope, and it pulls it off very well.

Most funeral doom fans would surely find something of interest here. Especially those who like obscure things which stretch the depressive part of doom metal to the extreme. However, I do not recommend it to people who are suicidal of nature.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Intro
2. Graveland
3. Another Day (The Premature Burial I)
4. Complete Obscurity I
5. Complete Obscurity II (Instrumental)

Duration : Approx. 35 minutes

Visit the Believe in Nothing bandpage.

Reviewed on 26-02-2007 by Arnstein Petersen
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