Archive for Gothic doom metal

Hadal – December

Posted in Review with tags , , , on 9th January 2021 by izaforestspirit

Released: 5th December 2020
Doom Metal / Death Metal
Released via Planet K Records

Hadal - December

My first review of 2021. I do not normally review doom metal for the simple reason it has never been my favorite metal genre. Not even close. In fact the only doom metal band I listen to occasionally is My Dying Bride. Despite this I decided to give Hadal’s new album a go based on the description of it being a mixture of doom, Gothic and death metal. The Trieste-based, Italian doom metal quintet have been active since 2009 and this is their second album.

So, what we have here is primarily a doom metal album. All the classic hallmarks of the genre are present: a slower, bass-heavy, low-tuned guitar work, melancholic vocals and depressive lyrics. No violins but the music and vocal style bears some similarity to My Dying Bride. If only their singer had the same vocal range as Aaron Stainthorpe… Not quite, but he is doing a pretty good job. There is a hint of death metal audible in the growling vocals at the start of Dark Water, one of the more varied songs on here. I like the contrast between the two vocal styles and the gradual shift between the harsh to the melodic. The low-tuned guitar riffs are still present but at least this is not as ponderous as some of the other tracks on here. Similar things can be said about Without A Word, another song with a hint of death metal in the vocals and some of the guitar riffs.

The rest of the album offers a more varied pace. It’s still slow but the occasional death metal parts are a welcome addition. Speaking of variety, the closing track Stormcrow has some of the most diverse guitar work on the record, happily merging doom, death, Gothic and even thrash metal elements.

Overall, Hadal are not re-inventing the wheel here. Their style does not offer anything dramatically new to the genre. Having said that I reckon that fans of My Dying Bride and early Paradise Lost might enjoy it.


Iza Raittila

My Dying Bride reveal more details about the new album

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on 30th June 2015 by izaforestspirit

The British Gothic doom metal band My Dying Bride have recently announced that their new album, the follow up to ‘A Map of All Our Failures’ will be entitled ‘Feel The Misery‘. The album is being recorded at Academy Studios in Dewsbury West Yorkshire, which has played an important role in the band’s history as many of their earlier works were created there. ‘Feel The Misery’ also marks the return of the band’s original guitarist Calvin Robertshow after a long absence.  You can check out the cover art here:

The tracklisting will be as follows:

1. And My Father Left Forever
2. To Shiver In Empty Halls
3. A Cold New Curse
4. Feel The Misery
5. A Thorn Of Wisdom
6. I Celebrate Your Skin
7. I Almost Loved You
8. Within A Sleeping Forest

‘Feel the Misery’ is expected to hit the shops on 18th September 2015 via Peaceville Records. It will be available in the following versions: standard CD, vinyl, plus a special edition 2CD/2×10” vinyl set in deluxe earbook format, with exclusive music and an expanded booklet.

Tiamat – The Scarred People

Posted in Review with tags , , , on 9th October 2012 by izaforestspirit

The Scarred People
Released: October 2012
Gothic Metal/ Atmospheric Doom Metal
Released via  Napalm Records

‘The Scarred People’ is the long awaited new album from the Swedish atmospheric metal band Tiamat. It is the follow up to the 2008 album ‘Amanethes’. Now before I start, here’s a little background history for those unfamiliar with the band. They originally started out back in 1989 and their debut album ‘Sumerian Cry’ was a key part of the Swedish death metal movement along with Entombed’s ‘Left Hand Path’. Since then Tiamat has experimented with various styles ranging from gothic/doom metal to atmospheric rock.

First up is the title track ‘The Scarred People’ offering that wonderful eerily gothic atmosphere that Tiamat have become renowned for. Johan Edlund’s vocals are as haunting as ever and the melodic guitars help to maintain that melancholic feel. One thing that’s new is the use of speech samples such as the one in ‘Winter Dawn’. Then there’s the slow and somewhat creepy ‘384EKteis’ which reminds me of Tiamat’s earlier works such as ‘Wildhoney’.

On a general note ‘The Scarred People’ reflects a gentler and less heavy side of Tiamat with guitar infused, melodic ballads like ‘The Sun Also Rises’ dominating the album. It seems also like a step back from the metal elements of its predecessor ‘Amanethes’ and a return to the goth rock style of ‘Prey’. Having said that even these mellow tracks have a certain charm. However they are still no match for the up-beat sounding ‘Thunder & Lightning’; one of the undisputed highlights of this release, which takes me back to the time when I first discovered Tiamat after watching their video for ‘Brighter Than The Sun’.

Needless to say that if you’re a Tiamat fan like me, you probably don’t need much more convincing to acquire this album. For those who have never heard this band before, I’d recommend you to check out one of their earlier works first.


Iza Raittila