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Long Winters' Stare : Cold Tale Eternal

Released on the now disfunct underground label Pantheon Records (and as such impossible to find these days) this first mCD by US based band Long Winters' Stare (formerly known as Manthing and playing a different style of music). This contains the same tracks as their demo.

Harsh, psychotic, insane Doom-metal is what this band offers us. The highly insane screams by Clint Listing fully fit the crazy music they accompagny. Besides screams there also are some cleaner type vocals (I'm not going to dare calling them clean vocals) by Greg Ball who also amongst other instruments also plays a contrabass! We also find a extremely weird version of Black Sabbath's 'Paranoid' on this mCD.

My personal favourite is the last track 'Clawing Out' that is too weird for me to even try and describe. Well besides that it is really slow. All in all this is probably one of the weirdest and as such also most original releases the Doom-metal genre has seen. It however does not become a mess, there is definite structure in the madness.

I don't think a great deal of people will enjoy this album because it is so strange but if you are open minded I would say do give it a try, it is worth it.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Enter
2. Timeless & Somber
3. Sigh
4. Eternal Slumber
5. Anastasia
6. Paranoid
7. Clawing Out

Duration : Approx. 20 minutes

Visit the Long Winters' Stare bandpage.

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