Novembers Doom - _The Knowing_
(Dark Symphonies, 2000)
by: Pedro Azevedo (9 out of 10)
Together with Evoken, Novembers Doom have been trying to create quality doom metal in the USA that can compete against European bands, and both bands have definitely succeeded in this. Novembers Doom -- now quite suitably signed to Dark Symphonies -- have continued to hone their sound into something more atmospheric but still as emotional as ever, whilst trying to express that emotion yet more eloquently than before, and they have succeeded in doing so. With Eric Burnley's driving guitar dirges and Paul Kuhr's highly competent doom/death growls and clean vocals as a foundation, Novembers Doom now articulate their doom/death with more atmospheric parts, acoustic guitars and piano passages than before. This generally increases both the overall variety and the impact of some heavier sections as Novembers Doom tell of grief, sorrow and heartache with a sound that can successively be amongst the angriest and the most soothing in the genre. Only "In Memories Past" seems to be rather misplaced in _The Knowing_, but it can easily be programmed out of this hour long record. An excellent album, powerful both sonically and emotionally.

(article published 1/10/2001)


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