The Door To Doom
Review by Adam M on April 30, 2019.
Candlemass has brought the doom flavour to their new album The Door to Doom. It has crushing riffs and a dreary feeling that is appropriate for the genre. There are some similarities to older Candlemass albums to be found here and they resonate in the classic style of the album. However, the band does get interesting and throws in some jarring acoustic passages to the mix and other elements to make sure that the more modern feel of the album is kept.
Right from the onset, the doomy style of the album is foreseen and this is one that is morose, yet charged with the most crunchy riffs available. I came across thinking this was a solid doom metal album with the proper atmosphere, but it still isn’t perfect. There have been better doom albums done in the past and some of the songs sound overly familiar. One only has to look at the past of Candlemass and their first three albums to find superior doom to this. Since this is a genre that has lots of entries to it, the album seems to come up a bit short to being the perfect doom album. Thankfully the band saves some of its best material for the end of the album. The song The Omega Circle is undeniably one of the most exciting ones here and features a variation in the guitar types used to make it more exciting. Beyond this there are several solid doom moments, but none that stick out and really catch your attention.
This leads to an album that is very fun, but doesn’t have the ability to take it to the next level. I found last year’s album from The Skull, The Endless Road Turns Dark, more interesting in this genre than this album. Still it has enough drive to make for a relatively strong listening experience.
Rating: 7.4 out of 10