|If you ever come across albums with really spacey band names and/or albums names, you can be pretty sure that you are dealing with a riffing based, stoner album. In this case, it is not any different. So for die-hard doom/death or funeral doom fans, this review ends here.|
If you're one of the more open-minded doomdeath fans, or if traditional doom is your "cup of tea" (or "piece of space cake", for that matter), this album might deserve your attention.
The album starts off with a few heavy riffs, think Earth on speed. The tracks 'Autodidact' and 'Vivid Void' even manage to pull in a slightly jazzy feel, which eventually evolves into a great riff-o-rama of the kind that makes you bang your head. Irresistible.
Some songs are really heavy crushing shit, some are much more hypnotising and make you feel spaced out. 'La Strade Astra' even starts with a riff that could have been on any Placebo album, while as 'Mantra of Doom' is a weird track full of creepy and strange noises, and probably even the doomiest track on the album (so it's an appropriate title). The song is also much more down tempo, compared to most other tracks.
For people who like groovy tunes and weird riffs, with a blend of different vocals and a wide-open feel (think of "spaaaaaace" - oh yeah!), this is a fairly good album. For others, it can surely serve as a page reminder in their doomy books.
1. Gate 1: Dwarves of Might
2. Gate 2: Autodidact
3. Gate 3: Queen of Hades
4. Gate 4: La Strada Astra
5. Gate 5: Empress of Andromeda
6. Gate 6: Mantra of Doom
7. Gate 7: Vivid Void
8. Gate 8: Slaves of Tide
9. Gate 9: Transmission Overload
Duration : Approx. 43 minutes
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