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Release date: 2007
Style: Epic doom metal

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01. Watching From A Distance
02. Footprints
03. Bridges
04. Faces
05. Echoes

Top 20 albums of 2007: 10

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Lyrics (5)


Line-up
Patrick Walker - vocals, guitars
Stuart Springthorpe - drums
Marcus Hatfield - bass


Additional info
Produced by Warning and Michael Hahn.

Also released as two different limited editions: the "Die Hard" version and the "Right Hand Of Doom" version, limited to a 125 copies each.

The "Die Hard" version contains the "Watching From A Distance" CD and a bonus disc with the two demo's (Revelations Loom and Blessed By The Sabbath), as well as a patch and two postcards with the demo artwork.
The "Right Hand Of Doom" version contains all the aforementioned items as well as a sticker and a badge in the package which comes in a very nice wooden box with the Warning logo on it in gold.

Staff review by
Lucas

Rating:
9.5
Next time a newbie to (Traditional) Doom Metal asks me what the genre is about, my answer shall be confined to one mere word: Warning. As his or her face will doubtlessly bear a puzzled look, should I really answer in such fashion, my patient person shall have to repeat and explain that answer. And I will gladly do so, as everyone that has but the slightest interest in Warning is my friend.

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published 27.07.2008 | Comments (76)

Staff pick by
Lucas

24.04.2010 Warning's Watching From A Distance is a Traditional Doom metal album. Correction - Watching From A Distance is one of the best albums Traditional Doom has to offer. Five songs clocking in at nearly fifty minutes of emotionally draining, heartwrenching metal. Grey and bleak and with a devastating vocal performance to boot - a must-check.

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Monolithic - 17.11.2013 at 09:39  
Rating: 10
Written by Mr. Doctor on 12.11.2013 at 00:44

I think almost everyone can find a line that hits home. Mine is probably "I leave behind me the ruins of the fortress I swore to defend"... I can be very stubborn and proud of myself. Trying desperately to fix things and continue with the task... Realising that there are things that you just can't continue any longer and must let go is a harsh reality that the song reflects brilliantly.

Yeah, the album is truly something you would relate to even if you don't dig into the music. As for mine:
"The words mean so much more these days, they echo in my soul, they sting me like a burn, can someone feel too much? "

I could be a sensitive prick sometimes and the moment I realize how the words are echoed within my head, I start to wonder if it's worth it to stay that way. Is it worth it to enjoy the melancholy I feel? Should I move on and stop caring about words? I ponder the situation and I go on and on while deep within, I'm paralyzed. This is truly a musical masterpiece as far as I can tell, it's one of the many rare moments where I feel safe listening to music.
tea[m]ster - 17.11.2013 at 19:01  
 
Written by Uldreth on 11.11.2013 at 02:14

But overall I don't think you'd really like this.


Heck, I will give anything a try. Stay tuned...
Gawain - 18.02.2014 at 23:49  
  One of my favorite albums ever, I feel like after the apocalypse has happened I'm going out to the fucking mountains and living up there alone in a cabin and killing stuff to eat, and mourn the loss of the world while at it and then killing myself. Good stuff
Gawain - 18.02.2014 at 23:59  
 
Written by Mr. Doctor on 11.11.2013 at 07:40

Footprints.... That's THE track if you ask me.


Footprints was my favorite when I first found it but now it's between the title track (#1) and Bridges, I really love everything about those songs same goes for all the album but those two are a tad higher
Diverge - 19.02.2014 at 16:40  
Rating: 9 I used to think it was Footprints. Now I know it's Faces.
BigNaughtyV - 24.03.2014 at 02:20  
Rating: 9 Saved this for #1000 on here. Did not disappoint. Even in doom, few albums are as evocative as this.
Troy Killjoy - 24.03.2014 at 04:52  
  #1000?
Mr. Doctor - 24.03.2014 at 19:58  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 24.03.2014 at 04:52

#1000?


He means his collection.
moonflash - 31.03.2014 at 21:31  
Rating: 7 I dunno, I found this album to be "good" at best. I realize that a lot of people consider it to be one of the greatest doom albums in existence or something: For me the lyrics didn't really push the boundary of the "epic" tag. Epicness to me would be lyrics about fantastic other worlds, historical events, alternate realities, strange mythological creatures...I just found that the "lyrical self" which was employed extensively in each song made the songs very personal and down-to-earth or "real". This lack of allegory to represent the feeling of foreboding doom resulted in an album devoid of fantasy and thus quite bland in that regard. Didn't really click with me as much as some other doom records.
!J.O.O.E.! - 31.03.2014 at 22:03  
Rating: 9
Written by moonflash on 31.03.2014 at 21:31

I dunno, I found this album to be "good" at best. I realize that a lot of people consider it to be one of the greatest doom albums in existence or something: For me the lyrics didn't really push the boundary of the "epic" tag. Epicness to me would be lyrics about fantastic other worlds, historical events, alternate realities, strange mythological creatures...I just found that the "lyrical self" which was employed extensively in each song made the songs very personal and down-to-earth or "real". This lack of allegory to represent the feeling of foreboding doom resulted in an album devoid of fantasy and thus quite bland in that regard. Didn't really click with me as much as some other doom records.

To be honest "epic doom metal" or "epic" anything is really a non-genre if you ask me. As you say "epic" usually means stuff to do with high fantasy and the like, which of course has nothing to do with this band, so it shows how useless the tag is in this instance. This is more of a mix of traditional and more glacial, perhaps even funeral, doom.
mz - 31.03.2014 at 23:40  
Rating: 9 Yeah I see this album as a funeral doom metal +clean vocals for some parts.
Erik M. - 01.04.2014 at 21:47  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 31.03.2014 at 22:03

To be honest "epic doom metal" or "epic" anything is really a non-genre if you ask me. As you say "epic" usually means stuff to do with high fantasy and the like, which of course has nothing to do with this band, so it shows how useless the tag is in this instance. This is more of a mix of traditional and more glacial, perhaps even funeral, doom.


I think epic can be added to a genre (I guess you could've seen that coming from me ), but definitely not in case of Watching From a Distance. The album is depressing, bleak and emotional as fuck. All things that don't go well with epicness. Epic metal (or music in general) is uplifting and majestic (which this is too, admittedly) and indeed often has fantasy-like themes. Candlemass is of course epic doom metal. Out of all their songs I'd say Demon's Gate is the best example of an epic doom metal song. It's totally epic and uplifting in pretty much every sense. Summoning is a very good example of epic black metal. Especially my (and your) favourite album Let Mortal Heroes Sing Your Fame. The whole album is epic as fuck whether you like the music or not. I mean, just listen to Farewell. I rest my case. That all being said, Watching From a Distance is indeed traditional doom if you ask me. I do admit there are some "epic" elements in this but given the nature of this album, it's not right to tag it as such. And funeral doom? Hell no. Calling this funeral doom is totally off the mark.
Erik M. - 01.04.2014 at 21:47  
Rating: 9
Written by mz on 31.03.2014 at 23:40

Yeah I see this album as a funeral doom metal +clean vocals for some parts.


I cannot. Totally NOT funeral doom, this album.
Mr. Doctor - 01.04.2014 at 22:00  
Rating: 9
Written by Erik M. on 01.04.2014 at 21:47
Calling this funeral doom is totally off the mark.

He's not calling it "funeral doom". He simply mentions that the slowness (together with the fuzzy and crushing riffs) does remind a bit of what many funeral doom bands do. I agree with that.
Erik M. - 01.04.2014 at 22:06  
Rating: 9 To me this song is probably the best example of epic doom metal:



The drumming especially makes the music totally epic. My favourite part by far is from 06:28 and onwards.
Erik M. - 01.04.2014 at 22:07  
Rating: 9
Written by Mr. Doctor on 01.04.2014 at 22:00

He's not calling it "funeral doom". He simply mentions that the slowness (together with the fuzzy and crushing riffs) does remind a bit of what many funeral doom bands do. I agree with that.


My bad. But what I wrote applies to what mz wrote then.
mz - 01.04.2014 at 22:42  
Rating: 9
Written by Erik M. on 01.04.2014 at 21:47

I cannot. Totally NOT funeral doom, this album.


Written by Mr. Doctor on 01.04.2014 at 22:00

He's not calling it "funeral doom". He simply mentions that the slowness (together with the fuzzy and crushing riffs) does remind a bit of what many funeral doom bands do.


Yeah this is more or less what I meant.
!J.O.O.E.! - 01.04.2014 at 23:52  
Rating: 9
Written by Erik M. on 01.04.2014 at 21:47

Watching From a Distance is indeed traditional doom if you ask me. I do admit there are some "epic" elements in this but given the nature of this album, it's not right to tag it as such. And funeral doom? Hell no. Calling this funeral doom is totally off the mark.

Actually look at what makes up a "traditional doom metal" band you'll see that musically Warning have little in common with it (on this album anyway). In fact in terms of pure music this definitely has more in common with funeral doom. Seems pretty evident that this isn't traditional because the music sounds nothing like traditional doom, i.e. deriving influence from 70s and 80s metal. Basically if you transplanted the clean vocals with growls you would get a bona-fide funeral doom band, maybe death-doom / funeral doom. No one would be calling this "traditional" because aside from the Sabbath-ian vocals and overt melody it's nothing like it to my ears. Just another example where people are letting vocals and a few common traits dictate the genre, whilst ignoring the actual musical part (just like people do with melodic "death" doom).

Trad doom:

"Traditional doom metal is a subdivision of doom metal that refers to bands who continue the style of the genre's pioneers such as Black Sabbath and Pentagram. Traditional doom metal bands more commonly use higher guitar tunings, and do not play as slow as many other doom bands. Traditional doom bands typically play slow to mid-tempo songs with a thick and heavy sound. Vocals are usually clean with the occasional growl or scream. The lyrics in traditional doom usually are eerie and dark like other doom metal divisions. Some modern bands that play traditional doom metal are Orodruin, Reverend Bizarre, and Witchcraft.

I wouldn't say that describes this record on the whole.

On reflection I'd say this is a mix of epic doom's legitimate musical traits (changed my mind there a little considering you can differentiate the likes of Candlemass's sound with the more Sabbath-like trad doom bands) and the structural traits of funeral doom.
Ozman - 02.04.2014 at 13:54  
Rating: 10 Warning is certainly not traditional doom. Nothing in common musicwise with bands such as Sabbath, Pentagram, Ogre, Saint Vitus and Trouble (first two albums).
IronArkadius666 - 26.04.2014 at 13:47  
Rating: 6 Hmmm... I used to love this album, but now... I don't know I just get bored really quickly.
Alondate - 24.05.2014 at 12:06  
  I discovered this band after listening 40 watt sun's debut 99999 times. I think this album is great, too. And this is my second doom metal album together with the inside room
Shinkirō - 16.06.2014 at 16:37  
  The showcase for everyone's despair, the thorn in our hearts. This is what this album is to me, a thorn in my heart and my soul.. I play it when I am sad and depressed about something and it amplifies my feelings tenfold. I play it when I am happy, and it starts fucking raining outside, this is power over nature.

If you like doom and haven't listened to this yet: what are you doing? Go and get it, and play it immediately. This is important, Watching from a Distance is important.

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