NOVEMBERS DOOM - THE PALE HAUNT DEPARTURE - THE END
No one can dispute the profound influence My Dying Bride has had on America's Novembers Doom. Every song on the album sounds like they are vocalist Paul Kuhr's last will and testament put to the sound of crackling doom. Be it growled or sung cleanly (of which this album has a lot), the track listing is one lone dismal dirge to the realities of existentialism. The songs are either MDB or PF (Pink Floyd if you have to know) and the compositions are written in solid and fluid fashion. The band has even unthawed Dan Swanö long enough to have the Swede mix The Pale Haunt Departure. The plot thickens.
Novembers Doom has a solid album on its hands. The Pale Haunt Departure has the songs, lyrics and artwork to compete with anything else in its forsaken sub-genre. Many metal fans do not favour this style, but those who do can either begin by buying this album or just skip step one and kill themselves straightaway. - Ali "The Metallian"
NOVEMBERS DOOM - THE NOVELLA RESERVOIR - THE END
Perhaps it would have been an obvious choice to give a Novembers Doom album as a present to a doom metal fan and expect him to love it. That is not the case any longer. While a doom fan might completely appreciate the band The Novella Reservoir is high on testosterone. The speed and heaviness quotient have gone way up and Paul Kuhr’s vocals, when growling, are as convincing and heavy as any other death metal growler out there. Opener rain matches the power of early Paradise Lost or Gorefest.
To be clear, there is some doom to be consumed on this album as well as mega doses of gothic vocals, which are sometimes not unlike Opeth or early Anathema. The album’s obligatory slow song, entitled Twilight Innocence, on the other hand sounds like The Animals. Nevertheless, the clear production aids the heavier aspects of the band, which alongside the interesting title and cover artwork makes he Chicago quintet’s sixth album remarkable. I am sorry I sat on this review for months. The album is really better than anticipated. - Anna Tergel
NOVEMBERS DOOM - INTO NIGHT’S REQUIEM INFERNAL - THE END
Long revered, Chicago’s Novembers Doom is a perfect representation of its namesake: the group is ominous, bleak and, unquestionably, some of the best My Dying Bride-inspired doom being recorded. What elevates Novembers Doom from its peers is its top-tier song-writing, the songs here (and in the group’s entire catalogue) exceptionally executed: it’s a travesty that Novembers Doom’s fanbase isn’t double or tripe in size. What’s also a real positive is Novembers Doom refusal to simply stay boxed into the doom sub-genre; there’s a fair amount of high-energy, straight-ahead metal to be found on this record, though it definitely falls squarely on the darker side. This is a band doing impressive things, and Into Night’s Requiem Infernal is well worth looking into. - David Perri