MetalBite Review by JD on 4/12/2017 4:28:24 PM
Chicago based Novembers Doom is in a class by itself. Heavy, brooding melodic with a pretention for being more of a progressive band than most of the bands out there- they have carved a big time niche for themselves after over 25 years, and have earned major respect all over the globe for their music and vision.
Their album, Hamartia (noun: a fatal flaw leading to the downfall of a tragic hero or heroine.) is another in a long line of albums that cultivates the metalhead in us, as well as challenges us in ways that most people think metal people cannot do… with our intelligence and emotions. Combining various styles of music while staying true to their brutal heaviness - Novembers Doom impeccably creates something that is simply powerful and at the same time, awe inspiring.
Each song is a work of art, crafted and delivered with style and thought, and yet still as powerful as a baseball bat directly to the forehead many times over. Songs like the haunting guitar and piano along with Paul Kuhr’s evocative vocals on the title track, to the thunder of slowness like the bleak story in Plague Bird show a band that knows its art perfectly and has achieved the brutal beauty and deep melancholy they strived for in every way.
I have been fan of Novembers Doom for many years, and with every album that they make… they have surprised me and thrilled me with every gloomy note and dank passage they have pounded out. This album just has not delivered the goods; they have surpassed anything they have done before. Novembers Doom has properly delivered an out and out metal classic that will add to their respect within the metal community tenfold. When a band like this delivers, it is done just like Novembers Doom have done on Hamartia.
Rating: 10 out of 10