Officium Triste - _Reason_
(Displeased Records, 2004)
by: Xander Hoose (
Usually I let doom metal albums pass, as I don't have the patience to sit them out, but for some reason I couldn't get it over my heart to let this one go. Officium Triste is one of the best doom bands that I can think of; their songs are very well textured, have deeper layers so you will keep finding out new elements to the songs on repeated listens, but mostly I really dig the vocals. Vocalist Pim has a very clear grunt, up to the point where I would call it 'well-pronounced'. Not on one single moment does his throat sound forced, yet there is enough power in it to give the song a brutal but sad edge.Opener "In Pouring Rain" is actually quite fast-paced for a doom song; a good ear will recognize the melody of "The Final Countdown" near the end, brilliantly interwoven with the song. While "In Silent Witness" is very slow and melancholic, Officium Triste picks up pace again with "This Inner Twist". The longest song on the album is "The Sun Doesn't Shine Anymore", my personal favourite. This album has a clearer sound than _Ne Vivam_ and doesn't focus much on guitar solos anymore. While not an outstanding album, _Reason_ is a very good disc for those who yearn for melancholy yet don't want to drown in sadness.
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