Visions Of Eternity
Review by JD on April 8, 2011.
Doom Metal... genre that is very close to my heart. From Doom masters Candlemass to the very first Black Sabbath album I have loved the sound of a low, slow and crushingly heavy guitar sound and the wail of bleakness. Now I have found another great Doom Metal band to take its place of reverence on the alter of doominess.
Requiem Eternam hails from the peaks that make up Switzerland. All of the mountainous topography of the homeland coupled with the cold winds that sweep through the rocky crags have had a lasting effect on this band. With darkened sorrow and crushing riffing, they deliver a Gothic Doom masterpiece that is hauntingly sung in a combination of French and English which adds to the supernatural feeling that the album holds. It is almost the equivalent of Candlemass going fully out gothic.
From the tormented and bleak strains of 'Angel Guide' to the pounding and grinding slow rhythms of 'Into The Blind World' Requiem Eternam paints the bleakest of visions that fuel the concept of the main writer (Phil R.XP: vocals & all instruments). It is a lyrically dank foray into a hapless person’s pained and tortured reality that is set in a world shrouded in darkness and filled with utter contempt for the light.
With visionary imagery and a knack for macabre stories, Requiem Eternam is one of the best out there for conveying a tale of doomish quality... and placing the listener right in the middle of it. Doom Metal has a new master and it is band from Switzerland. A perfect addition for any collection.
Categorical Rating Breakdown
Rating: 9 out of 10