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Release date: 11 November 2011
Style: Psychedelic doom metal, Funeral doom metal

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Disc I
01. Abandonment
02. Loss Of Will
03. Cipher
04. Non Being

Disc II
01. Aberration
02. Disconsolate
03. A Torrent Of Ills

The best Extreme Doom Metal album of 2011
Top 20 albums of 2011: 20

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Line-up
Mark Bodossian - bass
Greg Chandler - vocals, guitar, keyboards
Joe Fletcher - drums
Jim Nolan - guitar, keyboards
Gordon Bicknell - guitar, keyboards on "Non Being"
Mark Lockett - piano on "Disconsolate", "Loss Of Will", "Aberration"


Additional info
Produced by Esoteric.
Engineered, mixed and mastered by Greg Chandler/Esoteric at Priory Recording Studios during May/June 2011.
Artwork by Kati Astraeir.
Graphics & layout by Mauro Berchi.

Staff review by
DerRozzengarten

Rating:
9.0
Being around for almost 20 years, Esoteric never were in a hurry to release as many albums as they could every 1-2 years. For some artists the burden of the aforementioned title is grandiose and they'd never exchange not even a bit of their quality for quantity. Esoteric belong to this group, they always took their time to bring together the main concept of every album and place in the right place at the right time all the ideas and emotions that were overrunning them at the time. And whenever it felt right a new work was coming our way to cleanse the band's world and torment the audience with all this sense of decay, horrid beauty and decomposition of morals transformed into vast fields of devastating soundscapes. So, almost 20 years of existence gave birth to 6 abhorrent children, with the successor to the throne being the newborn Paragon Of Dissonance, from the same septic womb, with the same unearthly stare, but with its very own personality and characteristics.

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published 18.12.2011 | Comments (30)

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The Galactican - 01.12.2011 at 00:04  
Rating: 9 My first record from these guys. I like a lot.
Troy Killjoy - 01.12.2011 at 00:14  
Rating: 8
Written by The Galactican on 01.12.2011 at 00:04
My first record from these guys. I like a lot.

This album is a beast, but since you like it a lot you should definitely check out The Maniacal Vale. And the rest of their back catalog for that matter.
The Galactican - 01.12.2011 at 00:40  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 01.12.2011 at 00:14

Written by The Galactican on 01.12.2011 at 00:04
My first record from these guys. I like a lot.

This album is a beast, but since you like it a lot you should definitely check out The Maniacal Vale. And the rest of their back catalog for that matter.


It shall be done.
Ag Fox - 02.12.2011 at 16:59  
Rating: 9 Wow... really good stuff... Maybe I should give the Maniacal Vale another spin some time soon... (I never got into XD)
Troy Killjoy - 02.12.2011 at 20:01  
Rating: 8
Written by Ag Fox on 02.12.2011 at 16:59
Maybe I should give the Maniacal Vale another spin some time soon...

There is no "maybe" in this situation.
Darkside Momo - 02.12.2011 at 20:17  
Rating: 9
Written by Ag Fox on 02.12.2011 at 16:59

Wow... really good stuff... Maybe I should give the Maniacal Vale another spin some time soon... (I never got into XD)

Troy's right. There's no 'maybe' in this situation
Ag Fox - 02.12.2011 at 20:19  
Rating: 9 Fine... I'll submit to peer pressure this time XD
Troy Killjoy - 02.12.2011 at 20:26  
Rating: 8
Written by Ag Fox on 02.12.2011 at 20:19
Fine... I'll submit to peer pressure this time XD

It's a good thing I twisted your arm.
Ag Fox - 02.12.2011 at 20:28  
Rating: 9 Get off me. please D:
pisymbol - 03.12.2011 at 14:36  
  @Troy (and everyone), is there any reason by Mournful Congregation's Book of Kings is getting all the press? They are wonderful no doubt about it but Esoteric is the king of funeral doom IMO.
Troy Killjoy - 03.12.2011 at 23:13  
Rating: 8
Written by pisymbol on 03.12.2011 at 14:36
@Troy (and everyone), is there any reason by Mournful Congregation's Book of Kings is getting all the press? They are wonderful no doubt about it but Esoteric is the king of funeral doom IMO.

Probably because Esoteric is more of a psychedelic extreme doom band while MC play funeral doom, and a much more melodic style of funeral doom at that. Not really like Remembrance or Ankhagram, but still definitely more accessible than Esoteric.

Although I'd be surprised if PoD wasn't getting media attention.
pisymbol - 04.12.2011 at 14:09  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 03.12.2011 at 23:13

Written by pisymbol on 03.12.2011 at 14:36
@Troy (and everyone), is there any reason by Mournful Congregation's Book of Kings is getting all the press? They are wonderful no doubt about it but Esoteric is the king of funeral doom IMO.

Probably because Esoteric is more of a psychedelic extreme doom band while MC play funeral doom, and a much more melodic style of funeral doom at that. Not really like Remembrance or Ankhagram, but still definitely more accessible than Esoteric.

Although I'd be surprised if PoD wasn't getting media attention.


Psychedelic? I woudn't say that.

I suppose maybe the forefront of traditional funeral doom are represented by Funeral and Cathedral with MC and Esoteric being a niche in a niche!

I think the real issue with getting into bands like MC and especially Esoteric is their composition style. The shear length of some of these pieces is a lone daunting (but completely rewarding).
Troy Killjoy - 04.12.2011 at 21:22  
Rating: 8
Written by pisymbol on 04.12.2011 at 14:09
Psychedelic? I woudn't say that.

You wouldn't call Esoteric psychedelic? :s
Marcel Hubregtse - 04.12.2011 at 21:55  
Rating: 9
Written by pisymbol on 04.12.2011 at 14:09


I suppose maybe the forefront of traditional funeral doom are represented by Funeral and Cathedral


Cathedral have nothing to do with funeral doom and never had anything to do with it either. And the only thing funeral doom about Funeral is the bandname. Even their old work I totally don't consider funeral doom at all.
The forefront of funeral doom is Thergothon and Unholy to a lesser extent
pisymbol - 07.12.2011 at 04:16  
 
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 04.12.2011 at 21:55

Written by pisymbol on 04.12.2011 at 14:09


I suppose maybe the forefront of traditional funeral doom are represented by Funeral and Cathedral


Cathedral have nothing to do with funeral doom and never had anything to do with it either. And the only thing funeral doom about Funeral is the bandname. Even their old work I totally don't consider funeral doom at all.
The forefront of funeral doom is Thergothon and Unholy to a lesser extent


But I had thought some of early Cathedral was funeral doomish?

Funeral is definitely funeral doom at times (heck they seem to think so).

The forefront of doom are two bands that AFAIK don't really exist and haven't made a new record in several years.....surely the word forefront was a bit bold.
pisymbol - 07.12.2011 at 04:35  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 04.12.2011 at 21:22

Written by pisymbol on 04.12.2011 at 14:09
Psychedelic? I woudn't say that.

You wouldn't call Esoteric psychedelic? :s


Overall, no, not really. At least in the classical sense of what I consider psychedelic (some Pink Floyd, King Crimson, etc.).

Let me explain:

Sure, there are certainly sprinkles of straightforward psychedelia present such as the end of the track "Cipher." But overall, I feel Esoteric incorporates these elements as a sonic tool to accent the beautiful movements within a song. A great example of this device is the track "Non Being" where psychedelic effects are clearly used to demarcate different compositional segments in the song. At minute three, this device leads into the riffage about fifty seconds later only to be incorporated again as a transition to the very classical slow funeral doom progression about five and half minutes in...absolutely gorgeous.

Hope this makes sense...
Troy Killjoy - 07.12.2011 at 05:37  
Rating: 8
Written by pisymbol on 07.12.2011 at 04:35
Overall, no, not really. At least in the classical sense of what I consider psychedelic (some Pink Floyd, King Crimson, etc.).
Let me explain...

Well that just boils down to a matter of differing opinions. I don't think of psychedelic influences as Pink Floyd/King Crimson influences, just psychedelic elements, which are apparent in Esoteric's discography. I don't consider them a psychedelic band, but a funeral doom band with psychedelic elements.
pisymbol - 07.12.2011 at 05:47  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 07.12.2011 at 05:37

Written by pisymbol on 07.12.2011 at 04:35
Overall, no, not really. At least in the classical sense of what I consider psychedelic (some Pink Floyd, King Crimson, etc.).
Let me explain...

Well that just boils down to a matter of differing opinions. I don't think of psychedelic influences as Pink Floyd/King Crimson influences, just psychedelic elements, which are apparent in Esoteric's discography. I don't consider them a psychedelic band, but a funeral doom band with psychedelic elements.


Then we are in violent agreement!
NocturnalStalker - 15.01.2012 at 16:53  
Rating: 9 I was impressed by Maniacal Vale but this album just stunned me. I'm at loss for words...
Rulatore - 14.02.2012 at 03:08  
Rating: 10 Fucking awesome, glad I finally heard it. I was quite afraid, isnt the type of music I listen usually and it's too long hehe
Draugen - 28.02.2012 at 19:43  
Rating: 9 Funeral doom is a subgenre that I only recently started to explore more thoroughly, and given enough effort with the often times meaty tracks, it can be a very rewarding thing in the end. That is exaclty what I thought after I had taken the time to listen through Esoteric's latest album in one go.

Paragon of Dissonance is so full of interesting details and never gets boring despite its lenghty duration. It is soul crushing yet not without melody and the psychedelic elements really are the finishing touches for one hell of a wicked experience.
strade - 01.07.2012 at 00:45  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 11.11.2011 at 00:02

Absolutely amazing. Keep raising the bar.


I think we're finally fanboys of the same band, Troy. I've been obsessed with this shit for the past month or so. Devastatingly marvelous.
Mr. Doctor - 01.07.2012 at 18:10  
Rating: 9 The entire build up of the first 5 minutes of Non Being is one of the most brilliant and beautiful things I've ever heard in metal in general.

Seriously... It's just extremely beautiful.
InnerSelf - 02.07.2012 at 00:49  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 01.07.2012 at 18:10

The entire build up of the first 5 minutes of Non Being is one of the most brilliant and beautiful things I've ever heard in metal in general.

Seriously... It's just extremely beautiful.

This and the outro of Disconsolate.
7thSlave - 19.01.2013 at 18:50  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 01.07.2012 at 18:10

The entire build up of the first 5 minutes of Non Being is one of the most brilliant and beautiful things I've ever heard in metal in general.
Seriously... It's just extremely beautiful.

I hadn't listened to this in a while, and it's easy to forget the beauty hiding under the brutality. It's the subtle things, like the last few minutes of 'Torrent Of Ills', for example, that put this over the top. Brilliant

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