Novembers Doom - The Pale Haunt Departure review


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Band: Novembers Doom
Album: The Pale Haunt Departure
Release date: March 2005

01. The Pale Haunt Departure
02. Swallowed By The Moon
03. Autumn Reflection
04. Dark World Burden
05. In The Absence Of Grace
06. The Dead Leaf Echo
07. Through A Child's Eyes
08. Collapse Of The Falling Throe

The best Dark Metal band from the US is back baby! The Doom combo from Chicago that is Novembers Doom is there and there's no stopping them. 'The Pale Haunt Departure' is the title of their last epic record and it will continue to put the band alongside masters such as Opeth and Katatonia. The band saw the departure of Eric Burnley on guitars, traded for Vito Marchese who was already part of the Novembers Doom family. The rest of the lineup is unchanged with Paul Kuhr [vocals], Larry Roberts [guitars, keys], Joe Nunez [drums] and Mike LeGros [bass, who left the band since the recording]. Eric is still contributing on keyboards.

While their previous album 'To Welcome The Fade' sometimes flirted with Gothic melodies, 'The Pale Haunt Departure' demarks itself with a more consistent Doom feeling to it. Some melodies could clearly be on an Anathema record, with a more aggressive attitude, and it surely sounds amazing. Overall, the album appears more atmospheric than 'To Welcome The Fade' as the opening number/title track reveals, bringing Novembers Doom to another level of musicianship. The record clocks just below 52 minutes of first-rate Doom Metal and has the steadiness of a masterpiece such as Opeth's "Blackwater Park", exciting from the first note to the last.

Paul Kuhr is displaying his talents through his typical deep growling/singing and now even more frequent clean vocals than ever before. Thus, listening to 'Autumn Reflection' is blissful as Paul only uses clean vocals on that one and it shines bright on this album.

With excellent production and engineering, mixed by musician/producer Dan Swanö [Edge Of Sanity, Bloodbath, Nightingale] and mastered by guitarist James Murphy [Death, Obituary, Testament], this album has the most professional sound actually available and it also perfectly fits Novembers Doom's musical style. The artwork by Attila Kis is gorgeous, very eye-catching and totally "doomish".

Better than ever, Novembers Doom signs a hell of an album, blending terrific acoustic guitars with atmospheric melodies and transcending vocals. Among the "new bands" hailing from the USA, these guys have the biggest potential to conquer the international market. Fans of Anathema, Opeth, Katatonia and My Dying Bride must listen to 'The Pale Haunt Departure' as it will probably be the best record in the genre this year. As for the rest of you, discovering this talented combo through this album would be the smartest thing you'd ever do.

Highlights: 'The Pale Haunt Departure', 'Autumn Reflection', 'Dark World Burden' and 'Through a Child's Eyes'

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 9


Written on 02.03.2005 by Bringing you reviews of quality music and interesting questions such as:

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Comments: 2   Visited by: 153 users
13.09.2006 - 10:21
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The first time I heard of this band was from a friend and it was The Pale Haunt Departure... The first thing I noticed was the vocals. Its slower but the way he screams you can hear everything he says in a way thats more clear than Opeth... Although some of the lyrics come off as cheesy its still wonderful music nonetheless.
The second thing I noticed was how good the music was! You should atleast listen to it if your not into Progressive chillness. Even if its slow yet its highly epic. The overall atmosphere of the music is wonderful and I wont repeat what has already been stated in the review. Definatly a band that makes listening to music a pleasure.
10.03.2013 - 21:55
Love this band.whenever i listen to "to welcome the fade" i feel like a stone in a huge dark and deep lake.the vocals are terrific."dark fields for brilliance"...

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