Zeb – Vocals
Headman – Bass
Paud – Guitar
Berg – Guitar
Doc - Drums
Welcome back you crazy fuckers!
It is time again for me to toss some headphones on and let you know
what I think of a upcoming album that is set to be released April 15th
Below is a “Doom Metal” Band out of Sweden. Started in the fall of 2011, they realized to start a doom
band that would pay tribute to epic and dark sounds of different songs and bands like Candlemass, Black
Sabbath, and King Diamond.
Metal Blades Records found out about Below, and signed them to a deal. With the soon to be released
“Across the River” let’s find out what it sounds like.
Starting in on this album you have the first track called “Trapped Under Ground” where you hear falling
rain a shovel being dragged across the ground and then striking dirt that leads into the intro of the song
while the sound effect continues. The song comes to life around the 45 second mark where you get all
the instruments coming in. This song sounds like it is a mixture of many different bands but has it’s own
life to bring to it. Such a perfect song to start off the album.
From there you have the album go into full flight of being a “Doom metal album” when it conintues with
“Bid you Farewell” and goes until the end of track 8 “Across the Dark River”
You can tell the bad has the harmony of a true band from the vocals to the drums and everything in
between. There are some very dark melodies that go with this album. It isn’t a fast paced album per
say but isn’t that was Doom metal is about? The Background vocals give this album a creepy feeling to it
that fits to perfectly with the way they wanted it to sound.
Coming in at 45 mins long it truly is a solid album, giving the doom metal fans out there to enjoy.
I give this album a 8/10 as it does have something that makes it sound old school yet brings in
something new to the mix. If you enjoy all sorts of Doom Metal and want to hear what this has to bring
then you want to check out this album.
You can hear one of their songs from Metal Blades You Tube Channel here:
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