Novembers Doom - _To Welcome the Fade_
(Dark Symphonies, 2002)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
By consolidating their sound and tightening their focus, Novembers
Doom have created an album which is the culmination of their career so
far. Having witnessed from afar the evolution and tribulations of
this band over the years, I am thoroughly pleased with their
achievement. _To Welcome the Fade_ comes presented in very suitable
Travis Smith artwork (some of his best to date), and boasts the
production talents of Grammy award winner Neil Kernon as well as top
notch digital equipment. The album does sound very good, but it is the
consistent quality Novembers Doom manage to deliver throughout that
makes all the difference. A stronger effort all around than its
promising predecessor _The Knowing_, _To Welcome the Fade_ shows an
experienced band that is on top of their style and no longer seems to
feel the need to 'expand' their sound. True enough, "The Spirit Seed"
sports quite a bit of an Opeth influence that couldn't be found
before, but all in all the album does have a very consistent
character. The band's doom/death can break hearts and crush bones with
similar ease on _To Welcome the Fade_. There are some remarkable gems
to be found within the CD, most notably the superb "Within My Flesh"
-- one of the best doom metal tracks of recent years -- which follows
the more than suitable start provided by "Not the Strong" and
"Broken". This is a thoroughly competent and inspired album from Novembers
Doom, and a must for any doom metal fan.
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