Pÿlon – A Lament (2016)

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Author: Dave

Band: Pÿlon

Album: A Lament

Genre: Epic Doom Metal

Label: Roxx Records

 

 

 

 

 

Pÿlon are not exactly a well-known band. But this recent Swiss doom metal outfit is, if nothing else, one of the most hard-working and committed bands out there. A Lament marks their seventh full-length album since forming shortly after the turn of the century. Rarely do bands even make it to seven albums, let alone accomplish that in just over a decade. But to be frank, Pÿlon’s output has rarely been consistent. Some of their earlier records boasted playing times well in excess of an hour, and their long-windedness was a turn off to many listeners. Each album always had its set strong tracks, but a lot of the other tracks failed to deliver.   Continue reading

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Doomshine – The End is Worth Waiting For (2015)

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Author: Dave

Band: Doomshine

Album: The End is Worth Waiting For

Label: Metal on Metal Records

 

The End is Worth Waiting For is the third full-length effort from a band of German doom metallers aptly named Doomshine. Not having heard anything from this band before, I didn’t really have any idea as to what to expect. They are described in various places as being an epic doom metal band rife with comparisons to more well-known bands like Candlemass and Solitude Aeturnus. And whilst I can certainly see a good bit of similarity between Doomshine and other epic doom bands (as well as Sabbath), there is still a sound here that is uniquely their own. Continue reading

Sorcerer – In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross (2015)

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Artist: Sorcerer

Release: In The Shadow Of The Inverted Cross

Label: Metal Blade

Reviewer: Ryan

It’s now 2015, 23 years since famed Swedish doomers Sorcerer released the second of their two demos, their only output aside from some compilations until now. Their demo material has already made them among the most widely acclaimed names in epic doom metal, and I was at once excited and a bit concerned to find that they were recording new material. I was glad there would be more Sorcerer, but far too many comeback albums are only shadows of former glory. Ultimately my mixed feelings leading up to this album’s release were mostly met with pleasant surprise; In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross is a fine album, but at times it does not capture the epic, mystical formula that made classic Sorcerer classic.
In the Shadow of the Inverted Cross has some big shoes to fill following demos with such a legacy. Returning from the lineup that recorded the venerated self-titled demo are vocalist Anders Engberg and bassist Johnny Hagel, now accompanied by drummer Robert Iversen and guitarists Kristian Niemann and Peter Hallgreen. Losing more than half of the band might have been a bad sign, but the whole lineup offers a solid performance. The most immediately striking performance is Engberg’s vocal work. He has plenty of range and power and uses it to his fullest, bringing to mind Rob Lowe and other soaring doom vocalists; his voice was effective on the demos and it is here.

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