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5.0 out of 5 stars Doom with clean vocals, 14 July 2012
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The Gates of Slumber are, for me, one of the best bands operating in the doom genre today. "The Wretch" is slow and melancholy with excellent vocals and guitar solos. The overall production suits the album well- it is thick and well balanced. The rhythm section work well under the guitars with a full low end and pounding drum sound. Whereas the previous album, "Hymns of Blood and Thunder", had almost Judas Priest-esque elements in some of the riffing (particularly the first two tracks), this album is much more Sabbath inspired. The songs are groove based with some twists and turns and the song writing is top notch- there are genuine hooks here and there. The liner notes are very informative, as they are with every release by this band, the art work is very apt and adds to the dark brooding atmosphere of the record- a plus if you like to buy your music rather than steal it or download MP3's. If you like your doom traditional with a mighty sound, well, this album is for you. Great, muscular metal- played with passion.
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