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Count Raven : High on Infinity

'Jen' was the first song I ever heard of Count Raven, and I have been sold ever since. Count Raven's third full-length studio release 'High in Infinity' is a clear continuation of their previous effort 'Destruction of the Void' and holds 13 doomy candies. These days when we talk about Doom-metal or even about traditional Doom, there are so many different developments, some which stray very far from the original Doomy path. There also are a host of "proto-doom" acts, which can feature too much rock, blues or heavy metal influences for some fans. Count Raven in all this is a shining beacon of DOOM-METAL! Whenever I think of a band that embodies all that I myself associate with traditional, old school Doom, then I think of Count Raven. 'High on Infinity', and esp. the opener 'Jen', perhaps illustrates this best.

The slow pace of the music, the heavy riffs, the lyrical topics, everything just breathes Doom. Count Raven are daring enough to experiment (like the use of keys on 'The Dance') but stay within the boundaries of Doom-metal. Overall this album illustrates well how to make Doom-metal without fusing with other genres, yet also sounding fresh and original. This is a rare gift within any musical genre and I do think Count Raven is under appreciated, their talent ignored by many newer doom-fans.

Compared to their previous 'Destruction of the Void' it's a little better on both overall sound and individual songs. More songs on 'High on Infinity' just stick with you, while the overall feel is a bit more continuous. Overall however, both albums don't differ that much in quality from one and other.

If you are looking for a pure slab of doom, then find yourself some Count Raven. They remain the musical ear candy of the doom world (perhaps together with While Heaven Wept) and to this day it is a true shame the band is no more. Unless you're truly just into one of the fringe genres of doom-metal (from Stoner to extreme death/doom or gothic/doom) and absolutely don't care for anything else, Count Raven is worth investing in and you can't go wrong with 'High on Infinity'. Searching on web sites like Ebay will really pay off and you won't be disappointed! Although you can't go and claim your money back from me if you are :).

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Jen
2. Children's Holocaust
3. In Honour
4. The Madman from Waco
5. Masters of all Evil
6. Ode to Rebecca
7. High on Infinity
8. An Ordinary Loser
9. Traitor
10. The Dance
11. The Coming
12. Lost World
13. Cosmos

Duration : Approx. 67 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
Hate Your Guts Records
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