Last Chapter was formed in Arlington, Texas in 1989. The white metal band was signed to John Perez of Solitude Aeternus’ label following a demo in 1993 and two of the members participating in a band with John. The connection continued when Solitude Aeternus’ singer Rob Lowe sang for the group on its full-length debut. Shawn Green later replaced him.
LAST CHAPTER - THE LIVING WATERS - BRAINTICKET
Receiving an album that bears comparisons to Solitude Aeturnus is certainly welcome at Metallian Towers. Three ambassadors were sacrificed for the occasion. While it is true that Solitude's best moments were the earlier works, the band still remains the best the doom world has had to offer at the moment and as such anything similar is deemed worthy in these parts. Last Chapter, which is signed to the label of S.A's guitarist Perez is certainly similar to its doom brethren. The similarity is also accentuated through the participation of Solitude front man Robert Lowe on this recording. The same epic feel and Christian Iyrics are invoked here; yet L.C. alternates these numbers with psychedelic instrumentals which seem to have their roots in acid rock. These trippy interludes go on forever and take up a big chunk of the CD. They are not bad, but they are not metal either. Still, and despite that, Last Chapter is a must for all doom fans and bereft of too many inadequacies. Finally, let me ask how John Perez worked out the payment terms for his own vocalist Lowe who is guesting on his label's CD! That should have been a fun negotiation, but seriously skip the trendy crap about, "progressive and doom sounds" and "Heavy music" and know that this has metal on it and metal of the heavy variety - just skip the fluff on the next album. - Ali "The Metallian"