|Finally, I get the chance to hear DOOM:VS. Since I first heard of this side project of Draconian's guitarist Johan Ericson, I've been eager to get to know what this one man band has to offer.|
The first thing that comes to mind is how good the instruments are handled. One problem with many one man projects is that many of them have one main instrument and aren't really that good at the other they try to play. As already mentioned, that's not the case here.
The fact that Johan Ericson is a member of Draconian makes it almost impossible to not have that in mind while listening to the music. I can't tell if that is why I hear so many things in common or because there is a really obvious musical connection between them. No matter which one of them is the case, I like 'Aeternum Vale' a lot.
To make it very simple, the basics of the album is funeral doom. The few clean vocals(according to me) should have been used a lot more since they really do the songs good. Johan can sing and growl - why limit oneself to the genre standards? A not so common thing within the genre that are used are guitar solos, which can be found every now and then. A welcome ingredient! I guess it's hard to be amazingly inventive if you still want to label the music Funeral Doom. DOOM:VS succeeds somewhat though.
As a whole the album is a little monotone but the high quality of the songs easily compensate for that. It's well produced and has a clean design. You can tell that this is more that just a side project for the fun of it. This is a serious release that deserves attention.
1. The Light That Would Fade
2. Empire of the Fallen
3. The Faded Earth
4. Obvilion Upon Us
5. The Crawling Inserts
Duration : Approx. 50 minutes
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