Warning - Watching From A Distance


8.8 | 156 votes |
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: 8

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 (78)

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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31.03.2014 - 23:40
Rating: 9
mz
Yeah I see this album as a funeral doom metal +clean vocals for some parts.
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01.04.2014 - 21:47
Rating: 9
Erik M.
Written by Guest 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.
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01.04.2014 - 21:47
Rating: 9
Erik M.
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.
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01.04.2014 - 22:00
Mr. Doctor
Skandino
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.
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Like you could kiss my ass
Written by Milena on 20.06.2012 at 10:49
Rod, let me love you.
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01.04.2014 - 22:06
Rating: 9
Erik M.
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.
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01.04.2014 - 22:07
Rating: 9
Erik M.
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.
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01.04.2014 - 22:42
Rating: 9
mz
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.
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01.04.2014 - 23:52
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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.
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02.04.2014 - 13:54
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
Warning is certainly not traditional doom. Nothing in common musicwise with bands such as Sabbath, Pentagram, Ogre, Saint Vitus and Trouble (first two albums).
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05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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26.04.2014 - 13:47
Rating: 6
IronArkadius666
Hmmm... I used to love this album, but now... I don't know I just get bored really quickly.
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24.05.2014 - 12:06
Alondate
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
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16.06.2014 - 16:37
Kraterr
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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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23.07.2015 - 18:55
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
I guess I'll be the party pooper on this thread and say that there's something about Walker's vocals that have just never appealed to me. The "aaaaahaaaahaaaah" style of his wails never really struck the right chord. Maybe it's just because I don't listen to much doom of this sort, but they sound overly whiny and weepy. And "weepy" vocals aren't necessarily a bad thing in my book, but the way they're executed here... every time I listen to this album I can just imagine Warning playing live with a bunch of women in the audience clutching their hands to their hearts with tears rolling down their eyes. Not really my thing.

*Initiate butthurt in 3, 2, 1...
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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23.07.2015 - 19:04
Rating: 8
Zaph
The Nothingth
Written by Apothecary on 23.07.2015 at 18:55

I guess I'll be the party pooper on this thread and say that there's something about Walker's vocals that have just never appealed to me. The "aaaaahaaaahaaaah" style of his wails never really struck the right chord. Maybe it's just because I don't listen to much doom of this sort, but they sound overly whiny and weepy. And "weepy" vocals aren't necessarily a bad thing in my book, but the way they're executed here... every time I listen to this album I can just imagine Warning playing live with a bunch of women in the audience clutching their hands to their hearts with tears rolling down their eyes. Not really my thing.

*Initiate butthurt in 3, 2, 1...

I get the appeal of the vocals, but I prefer something like Pallbearer's vocals for stuff like this.
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23.07.2015 - 22:09
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Zaph on 23.07.2015 at 19:04

I get the appeal of the vocals, but I prefer something like Pallbearer's vocals for stuff like this.

Yeah, same. They're not really too far apart in style, really, but there's something about Pallbearer's vocals I just prefer much more than Walker's. Maybe it's just how they work with the music as well, because where this Warning album is really bright and airy, Pallbearer is heavier, which I prefer with doom.
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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23.07.2015 - 22:46
Lit.
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I can't imagine this album without Walker's vocals, especially with vocals that barely stand out in terms of memorability like Pallbearer's. Pallbearer is a band that excels instrumentally, making up for the drab vocals.

If it were the other way around, though... Shut up and take my money.
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05.02.2016 - 02:13
Doge of Venice
Written by Apothecary on 23.07.2015 at 18:55
every time I listen to this album I can just imagine Warning playing live with a bunch of women in the audience clutching their hands to their hearts with tears rolling down their eyes. Not really my thing.

*Initiate butthurt in 3, 2, 1...


Well I mean, isn't really the point of this album in general? To bring out sadness and weepiness from the emotional heaviness? Except not just in women.

As for me, I'm still on the fence if I think the vocals add or subtract from the experience.
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05.02.2016 - 05:16
Apothecary
PsyCHEdelic
Written by Doge of Venice on 05.02.2016 at 02:13

Well I mean, isn't really the point of this album in general? To bring out sadness and weepiness from the emotional heaviness? Except not just in women.

You're not wrong, I guess it's just that this particular manner of "bringing sadness and weepiness from emotional heaviness" doesn't really click with me for some reason. As far as that sad, melancholic approach that you're talking about, I'd much rather go for something like Profetus, or A Storm Of Light, or hell, even early Agalloch
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Written by RaduP on 14.01.2016 at 02:08

So you're not actually a bearded shaman opening his third eye through music?
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05.10.2016 - 17:24
Marcel Hubregtse
Grumpy Old Fuck
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Yesterday is dead and gone, tomorrow is out of sight
Dawn Crosby (r.i.p.)
05.04.1963 - 15.12.1996

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28.02.2017 - 23:55
Rating: 8
anathema_1977
Footprints is one of the best songs that have ever been written. So relentlessly desperate, tragic, and honest.
Just so painfully unfortunate that there are two lengthy songs on this album that cant really keep up with the rest (tracks 03 and especially 05). Still a great album, of course.
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