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Release date: 4 March 2011
Style: Doom metal

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01. Restless
02. Open My Eyes
03. Take Me In [vinyl bonus]
04. Between Times
05. Carry Me Home
06. This Alone

The best Doom Metal album of 2011

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Line-up
Patrick Walker - guitar, vocals
Christian Leitch - drums, percussion
William Spong - bass, percussion

Staff review by
BitterCOld

Rating:
9.0
When last we left Pat Walker he was playing guitar and providing heart-wrenching vocals for Warning on the powerful Watching From A Distance album. That album found itself on many staff "best of the 00's" lists. Then things fell through. Band imploded. Kablooey.

Four years later Pat Walker is back with two new mates, bassist William Spong and drummer Christian Leitch, a new band, 40 Watt Sun, and a new album, The Inside Room.

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published 21.04.2011 | Comments (34)

Staff pick by
Thryce

27.03.2011 If you have been paying any attention at all, you know that 40 Watt Sun is the reincarnation of the now-defunct Warning (and if you don't even know who Warning is, gtfo). Let me tell you, Patrick Walker once again delivers: the atmosphere is, well, you'll just have to experience for yourself. The mandatory stuff for every self-loathing doom fan.

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Grimskallen - 04.03.2011 at 10:42  
  Out of myself in utter anticipation for this album.
Marcel Hubregtse - 04.03.2011 at 15:33  
Rating: 8 Same here
Slayer666 - 10.03.2011 at 17:18  
Rating: 9 After listening to it quite a few times, I'm ready to pass judgment (holy shit, that sounded epic).
I think that, while not on the level of Watching From a Distance, it's still one friggin' awesome album. There is much less drama, and that totally "in-yo-face" crushing, wailing atmosphere is much less present. This one is far more subtle than that. Pat's vocals are still awesome, but he barely ever uses them in their full potency, like on Watching. The emotional impact, to me at least, is almost as huge as the one from Watching was. I'll be damned if "Carry Me Home" isn't better than most of songs on it.
Anyway, don't expect the totally dramatic, even over-the-top style that was present on Watching. This time it's about more subtle, dreamy experience. I think I've picked what I'll be voting for in the 2011 MS Awards already.
Prisoner - 18.03.2011 at 10:55  
  It's okay for the first release...have a lot of room for improvement...but yeah, very great debut album!
it's like the Brits got talent in doom genre!

my favorite was : restless
BudDa - 29.03.2011 at 13:52  
Rating: 8 God, how I missed you, Pat Walker..
Enemy of Reality - 30.03.2011 at 21:31  
Rating: 7 Awesome release! Carry Me Home is my fav.
BitterCOld - 05.04.2011 at 08:29  
Rating: 9 Almost sounds kinda like Jesu-Warning style doom with Walker's vocals.
Collin - 05.04.2011 at 15:24  
  Hey, that's funny, as much as I didn't like the vocals in Warning, here I think Walker sounds really great instead of over the top. The album is very good too, one of my favourites this year, if not the favourite.
Marcel Hubregtse - 05.04.2011 at 15:49  
Rating: 8
Written by BitterCOld on 05.04.2011 at 08:29

Almost sounds kinda like Jesu-Warning style doom with Walker's vocals.


I would say it sounds like R.E.M.-Warning style doom due to Walker's vocals. Funny thing is I love 40 Watt Sun but totally HATE R.E.M.
BitterCOld - 05.04.2011 at 18:53  
Rating: 9
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 05.04.2011 at 15:49

Written by BitterCOld on 05.04.2011 at 08:29

Almost sounds kinda like Jesu-Warning style doom with Walker's vocals.


I would say it sounds like R.E.M.-Warning style doom due to Walker's vocals. Funny thing is I love 40 Watt Sun but totally HATE R.E.M.


The jesu comparison stems from the fuzzed out guitar sound. I don't hear terribly much REM in it aside from perhaps the fact both vocalists have a whiny voice.
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.04.2011 at 19:47  
Rating: 9 Yeah I agree with Craig here, REM is the last thing that would have sprung to mind but it is very Jesu-esque.

Anyway the more I listen to this the more I like it. I don't see this being topped for doom(ish) record of the year really.
Marcel Hubregtse - 05.04.2011 at 19:53  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.04.2011 at 19:47

Yeah I agree with Craig here, REM is the last thing that would have sprung to mind but it is very Jesu-esque.

Anyway the more I listen to this the more I like it. I don't see this being topped for doom(ish) record of the year really.


heard some parts of the upcoming while Heaven we[t album and that one might top it.
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.04.2011 at 20:01  
Rating: 9
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 05.04.2011 at 19:53

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.04.2011 at 19:47

Yeah I agree with Craig here, REM is the last thing that would have sprung to mind but it is very Jesu-esque.

Anyway the more I listen to this the more I like it. I don't see this being topped for doom(ish) record of the year really.


heard some parts of the upcoming while Heaven we[t album and that one might top it.

Myspace track sounds ok but a little power metally and the vocals are a tad cheesy. I'll give the full length a go when it's released though.
Marcel Hubregtse - 05.04.2011 at 20:04  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.04.2011 at 20:01

Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 05.04.2011 at 19:53

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.04.2011 at 19:47

Yeah I agree with Craig here, REM is the last thing that would have sprung to mind but it is very Jesu-esque.

Anyway the more I listen to this the more I like it. I don't see this being topped for doom(ish) record of the year really.


heard some parts of the upcoming while Heaven we[t album and that one might top it.

Myspace track sounds ok but a little power metally and the vocals are a tad cheesy. I'll give the full length a go when it's released though.


the myspace track is the worst. Vocals are cheesy but then again so are Pat's
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.04.2011 at 20:08  
Rating: 9
Quote:
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 05.04.2011 at 20:04

Myspace track sounds ok but a little power metally and the vocals are a tad cheesy. I'll give the full length a go when it's released though.


the myspace track is the worst. Vocals are cheesy but then again so are Pat's

I'd say dramatic but not cheesy. And they're far more unique.

Just randomly stumbled on a band called 40 Watt Moon. No relation, obivously
Marcel Hubregtse - 05.04.2011 at 20:09  
Rating: 8
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.04.2011 at 20:08


Just randomly stumbled on a band called 40 Watt Moon. No relation, obivously


what do they sound like?
!J.O.O.E.! - 05.04.2011 at 20:10  
Rating: 9
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 05.04.2011 at 20:09

Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 05.04.2011 at 20:08


Just randomly stumbled on a band called 40 Watt Moon. No relation, obivously


what do they sound like?

Pop-rock or something, nothing special. They only have 23 last.fm listeners anyway so obviously not a big name band.
BitterCOld - 05.04.2011 at 20:30  
Rating: 9
Written by Collin on 05.04.2011 at 15:24

Hey, that's funny, as much as I didn't like the vocals in Warning, here I think Walker sounds really great instead of over the top. The album is very good too, one of my favourites this year, if not the favourite.


i liked the dramatics of WFAD, but can definitely see where you are coming from. he reigned in his vocals a tad, and the instrumentation is more fuzzy, far less stark, which 'fills in more sonic space' around the vocals. the end result is he still is impassioned, but it's not like up to 11 on the album.

-----

also agree with Joe in regards to WHW. last album too sugary for me. Flower Power Doom? Was nice, but the overall sound/approach/tone just lacked the emotion that makes me like doom.
Starchild - 08.04.2011 at 13:28  
Rating: 8 Very good album, i give it 8 instead of 9 just because i see it a bit repetitive, and i feel they got a lot of room for improvement for the future releases...but anyway really beautiful jesu/warning style doom
Troy Killjoy - 25.04.2011 at 01:38  
  Okay so I finally got around to listening to this.

And I must say, it's entirely forgettable. The songs failed to grab my attention at all.The only thing I remember is the Stipe-esque vocals everyone's been talking about, and they weren't even that good. It's a pretty average doom record by my account.
InnerSelf - 28.04.2011 at 18:42  
Rating: 9 Three days of nothing but The Inside Room
!J.O.O.E.! - 28.04.2011 at 21:41  
Rating: 9 Is there another R.E.M. with another Mike Stipe that I'm not aware of because Walker sounds about as much like him as my mother does, and she's dead. Completely different deliveries of style. The Jesu comparisons are quite accurate though, I didn't realise until someone mentioned it. Not that I listen to much Jesu </tangent>
Mr. Doctor - 17.06.2011 at 17:12  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 28.04.2011 at 21:41

Is there another R.E.M. with another Mike Stipe that I'm not aware of because Walker sounds about as much like him as my mother does, and she's dead. Completely different deliveries of style. The Jesu comparisons are quite accurate though, I didn't realise until someone mentioned it. Not that I listen to much Jesu </tangent>


A friend of mine told me she heard some Alice In Chains on it... She meant the vocals and I went like "...wat?"
JD - 06.09.2011 at 20:26  
Rating: 8
Written by Mr. Doctor on 17.06.2011 at 17:12

A friend of mine told me she heard some Alice In Chains on it... She meant the vocals and I went like "...wat?"

What! I don't even.. lol

I really like this album.
Evil Chip - 26.09.2011 at 04:45  
Rating: 8 I haven't hear anything that can top The inside room this year. Still waiting.
Fade To Black - 07.01.2012 at 21:56  
Rating: 5 Just not my cup of tea.
NocturnalStalker - 11.01.2012 at 16:42  
Rating: 8 A wonderful album, but, as it was already mentioned before, a bit too repetitive. And I like Patrick Walker's vocal work on this album.
Anyway... Now I can say that one hand is enough to count all the doom metal albums released last year that I enjoyed, and this is one of them.
Draugen - 28.01.2012 at 13:08  
Rating: 7 My thoughts about this album are mixed. On one hand it is so full of emotion with heartrending lyrics and at times good vocal passages. On the other hand, the vocals get a bit too "whiny" for my taste to fully enjoy them. But my main issue is that the album is way too monotonous with the tracks blending in with one another. Sure, it is doom metal after all and I am not expecting loads of variation but in this case I think that it would not have hurt with a little more of that.
Paradox0 - 02.02.2012 at 06:16  
Rating: 8 This album gives me mixed feelings. On one hand you have solid crushing doom riffs with an awesome, almost dystopian distortion to them which allow the songs to be hypnotizing in their crushing despair. The lenth only helps them (mostly) and makes the acoustic endings in Restless and Open My Eyes all the more beautiful.
Unfortunately when a band pulls this kind of thing off, they better as hell not flop and halfway through the album, they do with Between Times. The riff is just boring and the vocals sound more like a drunkard whining too loudly at a bar than the previous two showcases of vocals reflecting a man longing and focusing on his anguished thoughts, no matter how horrible or admittedly addicting they are. This song has a completely different sound to it and although this does show a different dynamic to the bands sound and mood, its too different, mediocre, and sadly jarring from the previous tracks that it knocked me right out of my doom coma.
Things kind of pick back up for the next track, but I'm not sure if its me burning out or Between Times knocked me from being fully intranced but the song kind of gets dull at about the 7 minute mark. Unfortunately the album finishes off rather weakly on This Alone, which seems to suffer from the same symptoms that Between Times had. 7.5
@gent_-_orange - 03.02.2012 at 01:24  
Rating: 8 To me it sounds like WFAD part 2, Which is good thing considering I like that album a lot, Curse me for only checking this out now. It seems that the vocals are a real love it or hate it affair, I personally love them and think they fit well with the music, But I can see why people are put off.
Fredd - 14.02.2012 at 17:12  
Rating: 8 I was expecting a Watching--- pt II. Close enoguh, but where have those amazing vocals gone?
This is some good doom, though.
Mr. Doctor - 14.02.2012 at 22:08  
Rating: 9
Written by Fredd on 14.02.2012 at 17:12

I was expecting a Watching--- pt II. Close enoguh, but where have those amazing vocals gone?
This is some good doom, though.


I think the vocals are perfect here, turning down the dramatic effect a bit was a good choice for this album.
Fredd - 14.02.2012 at 23:00  
Rating: 8
Written by Mr. Doctor on 14.02.2012 at 22:08

I think the vocals are perfect here, turning down the dramatic effect a bit was a good choice for this album.

Yes, it suits this album. But then I was hoping for an album on which the "dramatic" vocals would be fit.
tea[m]ster - 12.03.2012 at 22:12  
  Gotta chance to listen to this finally. I was skeptical but I can see myself digging this band. You'll think I'm weird but the "sound" reminds me of Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream and the vocals a JK Broadrick clone...
Dark Cornatus - 31.03.2012 at 09:49  
Rating: 9 I love this album, especially 'Restless' and 'Carry Me Home'. My only complaint is the distortion on the guitars kind of flattens the sound... kind of only predominantly hear the vocals and dzzzzz noise. It's not bad, just a bit over the top i think.
Druss - 31.03.2012 at 14:43  
Rating: 9 Amazing album, the album that got me into doom (for some reason, had it in my mind before this that doom was always extreme). Can't wait for the next helping of Patrick's vocals.
InnerSelf - 07.04.2012 at 23:45  
Rating: 9 A bonus track
Mr. Doctor - 22.05.2012 at 00:10  
Rating: 9
Written by tea[m]ster on 12.03.2012 at 22:12
You'll think I'm weird but the "sound" reminds me of Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream and the vocals a JK Broadrick clone...


You are not weird, you are just deaf my friend I can't speak for Smashing Pumpkins as I never cared for them but there's no way you can listen to Pat Walker's vocals and tell me they sound like Broadrick. Unless there's some weird Jesu bootleg where the dude all of a sudden wanted to sing doom metal even then the tone of the voice, everything is completely different. The only connection to Broadrick I can here is (just like Craig wrote in his review) the really fuzzy production that reminds me of Jesu, but just the music... Definitely not the vocals.

... And I thought one of my friends who thought about Alice In Chains with the vocals was weird.
BoxCar Willy - 22.05.2012 at 00:35  
  Still haven't checked this out.

I can say that's a kickass bandname though.
Oaken - 15.06.2012 at 13:57  
Rating: 7
Written by BoxCar Willy on 22.05.2012 at 00:35

Still haven't checked this out.

I can say that's a kickass bandname though.

You should do. It's very emotional and very free-flowing.
ThunderAxe1989 - 15.10.2012 at 03:12  
Rating: 9 Excellent debut! It really mellows me out.
qlacs - 28.04.2013 at 22:48  
Rating: 5 Okay, I've tried enjoying it even if I'm not into doom (except classic Black Sabbath and Candlemass maybe) as everyone here in MS was all over this. I managed to enjoy some of the vocals, the underlying melodies, and that sums it up.
Lit. - 29.04.2013 at 02:23  
 
Written by qlacs on 28.04.2013 at 22:48

Okay, I've tried enjoying it even if I'm not into doom (except classic Black Sabbath and Candlemass maybe) as everyone here in MS was all over this. I managed to enjoy some of the vocals, the underlying melodies, and that sums it up.

Did you try Warning beforehand?
Alondate - 18.01.2014 at 02:42  
Rating: 9 I dont generally listen doom metal but this band is a great exception for me. My favorite song is carry me home and all other songs are good too except between times which is a terrible song
Gawain - 03.03.2014 at 16:55  
 
Written by tea[m]ster on 12.03.2012 at 22:12

Gotta chance to listen to this finally. I was skeptical but I can see myself digging this band. You'll think I'm weird but the "sound" reminds me of Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream and the vocals a JK Broadrick clone...


damn that album.. I remember finding it in my dads collection when I was around 12 and I loved it. I put disarm on repeat for 10 times per day... thank you for reminding me that

anyways.. this album is excellent, of course it has similarities to Warning but not so many, the sound is much more approachable for many than Watching From A Distance.

I love all the tracks especially Restless and Carry Me Home which is one of my favorite traditional doom songs !
!J.O.O.E.! - 03.03.2014 at 19:39  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.03.2014 at 19:37


Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

Yeah, I just... I can't even begin with you. I give up.

It's been argued that this album has a Jesu-esque feel in terms of the music, but the vocals sounding like Broadrick? I don't think so. Not in this life time.
Mr. Doctor - 03.03.2014 at 19:41  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 03.03.2014 at 19:39

Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.03.2014 at 19:37


Whaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat?

Yeah, I just... I can't even begin with you. I give up.

It's been argued that this album has a Jesu-esque feel in terms of the music, but the vocals sounding like Broadrick? I don't think so. Not in this life time.


If you are wondering why I deleted my post. It's because I already commented on it months ago and totally forgot it. But oh well. XD I haven't heard Smashin Pumpkins enough to see if the sound is similar but I can already take a bet that it's not similar at all.
!J.O.O.E.! - 03.03.2014 at 19:42  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.03.2014 at 19:41

If you are wondering why I deleted my post. It's because I already commented on it months ago and totally forgot it. But oh well. XD

I hadn't noticed. Oh well, I can't be arsed to delete my reply
Mr. Doctor - 03.03.2014 at 19:44  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 03.03.2014 at 19:42

Written by Mr. Doctor on 03.03.2014 at 19:41

If you are wondering why I deleted my post. It's because I already commented on it months ago and totally forgot it. But oh well. XD

I hadn't noticed. Oh well, I can't be arsed to delete my reply


Nah, it's ok. Not your fault that my memory blows.

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