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Doomocracy - Unorthodox review



Reviewer:
6.7

26 users:
6.73
Band: Doomocracy
Album: Unorthodox
Release date: November 2022


01. Aeons Of Winter
02. Eternally Lost
03. Prelude To The Apocalypse
04. The Hidden Gospel
05. The Spiritualist
06. Novum Dogma
07. Death: A State Of Mind
08. Our Will Be Done
09. October 14th 1582
10. Unorthodox
11. Catharsis


Stuck in one gear... Unorthodox is ok, but lacks depth, variety and imagination.

So in my last piece, I reviewed a doom album by the band Orthodox, which was in fact quite orthodox. Now it’s time to review Unorthodox, another doom record, and one that’s also orthodox in nature, even though its title claims the opposite. This is all starting to become confusing...

Anyway, Doomocracy’s latest is one of those records that has all the pieces to form one cohesive puzzle. And it actually does form a cohesive puzzle; however, it’s like a puzzle that only consists of 4 pieces, which is to say that it lacks depth and complexity in its song structures. The main issue is that Unorthodox as a whole feels very monotonous. It misses some bursts of energy; just because this is doom metal, it doesn’t mean that there can’t be some moments in it that knock you out of your seat.

If I’m honest, it had been quite a while since I had listened to a Doomocracy album, but I do remember liking Visions & Creatures Of Imagination a lot. So, I did something I normally don’t do for reviews, and I took the time to listen to the previous album again, in the hopes of it giving me more context and making it easier to put the finger on the things that I feel are missing in Unorthodox. While I ultimately didn’t think it was as good as I remembered it, it certainly is a more captivating album than Unorthodox. Its production overall feels very similar in style; however, Visions & Creatures Of Imagination has more grit and “attitude” to it. Every song on that album has its own feel and energy, which leads to an overall experience that is a lot more varied and interesting.

Unfortunately, I have to say that, even though the actual performances are very strong (as well as very solid production), Unorthodox falls into the territory of “background noise” too easily. “Novum Dogma” was probably the only track that managed to grab my attention, with its opening that has a bit of an Egyptian flair to it. Furthermore, it’s a song that has the right amount of depth to it; whenever the instrumentals slow down a bit (I mean it's doom metal after all…), it feels incredibly effective. A good analogy would be to compare it to changing gears in a racing car; shifting right when a gear reaches its limit is incredibly satisfying because it feels smooth and effortless.

That’s what “Novum Dogma” does for me: effectively change gears throughout the whole song. Compared to it, many of the other tracks felt like the band is stuck in 3rd gear, and it often felt like they were bouncing off the limiter. Sure, you can be using a long gears setup, but at some point you’re going to have to shift.

Ok, that’s enough car talk, I think. In conclusion, what do I think of this record? Honestly? Not much. It’s fine: not bad, but not very exciting either. These are some of the most difficult albums to rate, in my opinion, but at the same time some of the easiest to recommend or not. I’d say you can safely skip this one without missing too much. Unlike something like Twelve Foot Ninja’s Vengeance (which I happily admit didn’t fully work for me, but was quite interesting), this is nothing really special. There’s some enjoyment in it, but as a whole it overall fails to deliver.


Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 5
Originality: 5
Production: 8





Written on 29.11.2022 by You know I'm right, you just haven't realised it yet...


Comments

Comments: 2   Visited by: 59 users
29.11.2022 - 10:15
nikarg
Mod
100% agree. I listened to it with the purpose of reviewing it, but it felt so uneventful that I didn't want to give it more listens for a review. When I saw that you took it, I was curious how you'd find it, and if maybe I had judged it too harshly too soon. But I see that it had the same effect on you. As you say, it is not bad, but it is definitely not recommended, especially when there is so much other good doom out there. Good review, man.
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29.11.2022 - 23:49
Rating: 7
tominator
At best deranged
Written by nikarg on 29.11.2022 at 10:15

100% agree. I listened to it with the purpose of reviewing it, but it felt so uneventful that I didn't want to give it more listens for a review. When I saw that you took it, I was curious how you'd find it, and if maybe I had judged it too harshly too soon. But I see that it had the same effect on you. As you say, it is not bad, but it is definitely not recommended, especially when there is so much other good doom out there. Good review, man.


Thanks.

I totally get your feeling of not wanting to give it more listens after your first one. My second and 3rd listen weren't in one go either, tbh. It's a lot of the same stuff, and it just lacks any form of identity which make it stand out between other doom records. And like you said, there's a ton of other good doom stuff out there that quite frankly deserve more attention than this album.
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