Necare - _Ruin_
(Firebox, 2004)
by: Pedro Azevedo (8 out of 10)
Playing the music you like, and sparing nary a thought for whether it is particularly fashionable or innovative at any given point in time, must be a great feeling for a musician. Necare are almost certainly one such band: harvesting influence from early '90s British doom, this American duo indulge in a form of doom/death metal that may not be exactly groundbreaking, but nonetheless remains welcome when done properly -- and for the most part, _Ruin_ is done properly. Indeed, the first three tracks after the intro -- all of which tend to scream _Serenades_ era Anathema -- rank among the most accomplished doom I've heard in a long while. But while originality doesn't run high and the music is kept fairly simple throughout, the fact is _Ruin_ remains an unpretentiously enjoyable disc for those who like the doom/death genre. The Anathema connection tends to fade away during the second half of the album, which is also slightly less captivating, but not to the point of making this album significantly less worthy of purchase for lovelorn doom/death fans.


(article published 18/5/2004)

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