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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Review: Verdun - The Eternal Drift's Canticles


It has been a long time since I reviewed an album this long, it is almost an hour long and more in the doom-ish department, but it does contain some elements of prog and industrial metal in it.

In general the album is well produced, the instrument sound quality varies from riff to riff but I believe that that is the way the sound quality was imagined to be. The sometimes extreme length of some songs (a few are 12 minutes and beyond) compensates with the structure of said songs, as there are riff pauses and some intermediate sections in Japanese I presume, and the sometimes simple pause of sound after which the song continues on.

The vocals are atypical of what is heard in this genre, although you would find it very hard to precisely define the genre of this band, and that makes the vocals particularly interesting. They have a distinct doom metal sound, but in some sections they have almost a James Maynard Keenan sounding vibe to them followed by a clean guitar section under the vocals. Also there is distinct dissonance in the guitars in a lot of the album, sometimes not really heard though because of the selected quality in the part, but it certainly gives a unique feel to the riff work done.

Overall I would give this album a 8/10, mainly because of the recording quality.

Written by Nikola Milošević

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