Review: Novembers Doom – Aphotic

Rated:

3.5/5

In some ways, the music of Novembers Doom is guided by the band’s desire to not be labeled as doom metal. Their last album, 2009′s Into Night’s Requiem Infernal, saw the band wading into entirely new waters, bringing in elements of stoner rock and psychedelic music, much to the chagrin of fans.

Eighth full-length, Aphotic, if not a return to form, is certainly the most consistent record the band has made in years. That’s not to say it’s boring or formulaic, though. There are enough twists and turns on this record to keep the listener interested all the way through. Those expecting to see the death-metal side of Novembers Doom may be a bit disappointed, although there are some pleasingly heavy moments on “The Dark Host” and “Harvester Scythe.”

A pleasant surprise is “What Could Have Been,” an almost-ballad that features a haunting guest vocal appearance by ex-Gathering vocalist Anneke Van Giersbergen. Aphotic may not bring fans back who left the band on Requiem, but those who stuck around will get to experience a group finally coming into their own. JOSH HART


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  • Derptastic

     Finally coming into their own? Hurr durr okay

  • http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/lakefossilpress Nickolaus Pacione

    This album is very good — I give it a 4.4/5 because if you knew what they were like when they started; you will have an appreciating for this one. No one Novembers Doom album is a like and I heard this on Spotify..com have you guys heard the new Tourniquet album too. Check out both versions of their new album if you really want to do a review of it because it is a hard album to review because even with a 2000 word review you can’t do this one justice because how good this album is.