Release date: 5 May 2014
Style: Funeral doom metal

Rating:

8.1 | 107 votes

Owners:

79 have it
56 want it


01. Earthless
02. A Quietly Forming Collapse
03. White Coffins
04. The Dead Swan Of The Woods
05. Oceans Of Despair
06. The Slow Ascent

Lyrics (6)


Line-up
Johan Ericson - all instruments, vocals

Guest musicians
Thomas Akim Grønbæk Jensen - vocals

Found in 10 lists
Top lists

Erik M. The Best "(Melodic) Death Doom" Albums  | #21
Chobo_jokeR 2014: From Professor JokeR's Perspective  | #18
Korah 2014 in the Abyss with Lady Bird and Korah  | #36
RavenEffect Best Of 2014  | #11
ManiacBlasphemer Favorite 2014 Albums  | #45
Draugen 2014 - From the Awesome to the Awful  | #23
Red_Travis My Top Albums Of 2014 (so far)  | #120
blackvelvet Best Of 2014 (so Far)  | #6
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soroush_s8n - 06.05.2014 at 01:03  
  This album is fucking amazing i want to cry when i listen to it,Johan Ericson is a genius,great great work with thomas
annodomini - 06.05.2014 at 09:53  
  This made me realise how much I miss Draconian. Nevertheless, Johan made another amazing doom album. Exactly the style, I like. And, wow, Is it really 6 years since the last one?
Erik M. - 07.05.2014 at 16:18  
Rating: 9 This is fucking awesome. Without a doubt the best doom release of 2014 so far. Having Thomas from Saturnus performing his awesome vocals is a very nice surprise indeed.
Erik M. - 07.05.2014 at 16:26  
Rating: 9
Written by Kraterr on 07.05.2014 at 16:23

Is this the real life? or is it just fantasy?

Saturnus+Doom:VS ?


I know what you mean. This might end up as my favourite 2014 album. It's really the kind of death doom that I enjoy immensely.
Alex Fenger - 07.05.2014 at 18:21  
Rating: 6 Pretty much on par with the other two Doom:VS albums. If you're a fan of the band I can't imagine you'll be disappointed, I've simply never found quite too much quality in Ericson's songwriting.
Edit: Uh oh, this is on the "Top of 2014" now. Let's see how long it takes Insomnium and Epica fanboys to kick it down a notch
Edit2: The one guy that gave this a 1 also gave Insomnium a 10... oh how peculiar
Dinruth - 08.05.2014 at 21:12  
 
Written by Alex Fenger on 07.05.2014 at 18:21

Edit2: The one guy that gave this a 1 also gave Insomnium a 10... oh how peculiar


that is pathetic
Troy Killjoy - 08.05.2014 at 21:49  
  Goddammit I hate when people have different tastes than me.
Alex Fenger - 08.05.2014 at 22:41  
Rating: 6
Written by Troy Killjoy on 08.05.2014 at 21:49

Goddammit I hate when people have different tastes than me.

I very much dislike this album, so that statement is just silly. I was simply pointing out that the voter in question is most likely attempting to manipulate the "top of 2014" list to better suit his tastes.
Troy Killjoy - 08.05.2014 at 22:48  
 
Written by Alex Fenger on 08.05.2014 at 22:41
I very much dislike this album, so that statement is just silly. I was simply pointing out that the voter in question is most likely attempting to manipulate the "top of 2014" list to better suit his tastes.

If you looked at the rest of his votes you'd know that's clearly not the case. He's a generally positive voter with only three 1s in total. Just because someone gives this a 1 and a more popular/accessible album a 10 isn't really peculiar at all. It's only indicative that said voter's tastes differ from your own.
InnerSelf - 10.05.2014 at 20:18  
  Anything that resembles Saturnus is fine by my book.
tea[m]ster - 11.05.2014 at 20:17  
  This is good. Crystal clear production, growls, layered guitars. I here some melody too. All "funeral doom" have melody?
Marcel Hubregtse - 11.05.2014 at 20:31  
Rating: 6 All music has melody even stuff such as brutal death metal op lo-fi bedroom black metal
IceMole - 11.05.2014 at 23:02  
Rating: 7 Sounds like Draconian (which I like a lot), but without Lisa and on tranquilizer.
The Melting Snow - 15.05.2014 at 19:39  
Rating: 8 He's done a pretty nice job with the riffs.
Erik M. - 17.05.2014 at 16:21  
Rating: 9
Written by Kraterr on 07.05.2014 at 16:23

Saturnus+Doom:VS ?


After quite a few listens I'd say this album mostly resembles Saturnus' modern sound (Saturn in Ascension), but you could call it a mix of Saturnus and Draconian. The "funeral doom" tag is very inaccurate in any case. This is melodic/gothic death doom, no funeral doom in here at all.
Himedal - 25.05.2014 at 23:29  
Rating: 8 I miss the melancholic sound of Aeterum Vale.
Troy Killjoy - 28.05.2014 at 23:32  
  I probably would have been excited about this a few years ago but my love of doom has dwindled immensely to the point I don't think I can summon the effort required to find a stream or download an album to see what it sounds like. That, and you kind of know what this is going to sound like before listening to it...
!J.O.O.E.! - 28.05.2014 at 23:52  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.05.2014 at 23:32

That, and you kind of know what this is going to sound like before listening to it...

Indeed. I don't even pretend I'm into this kind of thing any more. I use the time for other music instead. Same with 90% of funeral doom these days.
Kraterr - 11.06.2014 at 11:44  
  I find my brain asking to listen to this album a lot more now than in the beginning, I seriously listen to the album ever two days or every day. I might even go on to liking this more than their debut in the future..

Great, Great! death doom from Doom:VS
Fritillaria - 11.06.2014 at 14:37  
 
Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.05.2014 at 23:32

I probably would have been excited about this a few years ago but my love of doom has dwindled immensely to the point I don't think I can summon the effort required to find a stream or download an album to see what it sounds like. That, and you kind of know what this is going to sound like before listening to it...


You mean that doom had become boring these days ? Or even old-fashioned ? Or there are much more interesting music ?
Troy Killjoy - 11.06.2014 at 15:44  
 
Written by Fritillaria on 11.06.2014 at 14:37
You mean that doom had become boring these days ? Or there are much more interesting music ?

A mix of these. I feel like doom has become a lot like thrash in that it's essentially being recycled without enough variation to keep me interested. Unless it's drawing influence from other genres (like stoner metal or black metal for instance) there isn't a whole lot about it that makes me want to spend time listening to "new" doom releases.
Erik M. - 10.07.2014 at 23:28  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 28.05.2014 at 23:32

I probably would have been excited about this a few years ago but my love of doom has dwindled immensely to the point I don't think I can summon the effort required to find a stream or download an album to see what it sounds like. That, and you kind of know what this is going to sound like before listening to it...


Searching for the album, which is on Bandcamp in its entirety, would've probably taken you less time than typing that message. And honestly, that last sentence is just nonsense. Fine by me if you dislike it, but now you're trying to give some sort of opinion before you even listened to a second of the album, which totally unfair (and ridiculous). At the very least, give the album one chance.
Erik M. - 10.07.2014 at 23:28  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 28.05.2014 at 23:52

Indeed. I don't even pretend I'm into this kind of thing any more. I use the time for other music instead. Same with 90% of funeral doom these days.


This is by no means funeral doom. As I said earlier in this thread, it's melodic/gothic (death) doom and knowing your opinion on this subgenre I would guess that this isn't your cup of tea. And seeing as Alex already gave this a 6, you and mz might just follow his (bad) example.

Your loss really, because this album is awesome. Sure, it's not extreme by your standards, but so what? It's highly enjoyable to me. Plus the fact that Thomas from Saturnus is on here, which definitely improves the album since I love his vocals.
!J.O.O.E.! - 10.07.2014 at 23:31  
 
Written by Erik M. on 10.07.2014 at 23:28


This is by no means funeral doom. As I said earlier in this thread, it's melodic/gothic (death) doom and knowing your opinion on this subgenre I would guess that this isn't your cup of tea. And seeing as Alex already gave this a 6, you and mz might just follow his (bad) example.

Your loss really, because this album is awesome. Sure, it's not extreme by your standards, but so what? It's highly enjoyable to me. Plus the fact that Thomas from Saturnus is on here, which definitely improves the album since I love his vocals.

"I don't even pretend I'm into this kind of thing any more" - "Same with 90% of funeral doom these days"

Notice how I was differentiating the two comments to reference two different kinds of music?

I don't care if this extreme or not. I just find the music incredibly boring. Certainly not missing out on this.
Erik M. - 10.07.2014 at 23:35  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 10.07.2014 at 23:31

"I don't even pretend I'm into this kind of thing any more" - "Same with 90% of funeral doom these days"

Notice how I was differentiating the two comments to reference two different kinds of music?

I don't care if this extreme or not. I just find the music incredibly boring. Certainly not missing out on this.


Well, it came across as if you were implying this album is funeral doom. Why even bother mentioning it when you know this clearly isn't funeral doom?
!J.O.O.E.! - 10.07.2014 at 23:37  
 
Written by Erik M. on 10.07.2014 at 23:35



Well, it came across as if you were implying this album is funeral doom. Why even bother mentioning it when you know this clearly isn't funeral doom?

"This kind of thing" referencing the type of music here - "same with..." another kind of music. I don't see how you could have mixed the two.

Funeral doom bores me in a similar manner, because they are loosely related in many ways.
Erik M. - 10.07.2014 at 23:51  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 10.07.2014 at 23:37

"This kind of thing" referencing the type of music here - "same with..." another kind of music. I don't see how you could have mixed the two.

Funeral doom bores me in a similar manner, because they are loosely related in many ways.


(Trying to bluff your way out of it, eh? Alright)... just tell me one thing: have you actually listened to this? If not, how can you possibly say it's boring? Most of the time there's an exception to the rule.
!J.O.O.E.! - 10.07.2014 at 23:55  
 
Written by Erik M. on 10.07.2014 at 23:51


(Trying to bluff your way out of it, eh? Alright)... just tell me one thing: have you actually listened to this? If not, how can you possibly say it's boring? Most of the time there's an exception to the rule.

I don't need to bluff my way out of correct use of the English language when the evidence is right there for people who actually understand it and bother to read what's presented. Nor do I need to bluff my way out of things pertaining to my own tastes

I tried a couple of songs and never looked back.
Erik M. - 11.07.2014 at 00:00  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 10.07.2014 at 23:55

I don't need to bluff my way out of correct use of the English language when the evidence is right there for people who actually understand it and bother to read what's presented. Nor do I need to bluff my way out of things pertaining to my own tastes

I tried a couple of songs and never looked back.


Fine by me. What you said is open to interpretation to such an extent that it can imply what I think as well as what you think (and meant to say), so there's that. And no, of course you're entitled to dislike this, but because of how I interpreted what you said, I wasn't too sure whether you listened to the album or not.
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.07.2014 at 00:02  
 
Written by Erik M. on 11.07.2014 at 00:00

Fine by me. What you said is open to interpretation to such an extent that it can imply what I think as well as what you think (and meant to say), so there's that. And no, of course you're entitled to dislike this, but because of how I interpreted what you said, I wasn't too sure whether you listened to the album or not.

It's only open to interpretation if you misunderstood it.
Erik M. - 11.07.2014 at 00:11  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 11.07.2014 at 00:02

It's only open to interpretation if you misunderstood it.


No, it's the other way around: if something is open to interpretation (like what you said is) it's possible to misunderstand it (which I don't think I am, but that discussion is finished already as we both won't budge anyway).
!J.O.O.E.! - 11.07.2014 at 00:12  
 
Written by Erik M. on 11.07.2014 at 00:11

No, it's the other way around: if something is open to interpretation (like what you said is) it's possible to misunderstand it (which I don't think I am, but that discussion is finished already as we both won't budge anyway).

Yeah, stop derailing the thread with your inability to understand English
Erik M. - 11.07.2014 at 00:13  
Rating: 9
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 11.07.2014 at 00:12

Yeah, stop derailing the thread with your inability to understand English


My English proficiency is good enough (well above average for a Dutch person, that is), thanks. I'm done with this.
Karlabos - 11.07.2014 at 00:17  
 
Troy Killjoy - 11.07.2014 at 09:02  
 
Written by Erik M. on 10.07.2014 at 23:28
And honestly, that last sentence is just nonsense. Fine by me if you dislike it, but now you're trying to give some sort of opinion before you even listened to a second of the album, which totally unfair (and ridiculous). At the very least, give the album one chance.

If the last sentence in my post is nonsense, then what does that make your post?

I never said I dislike this album. In fact, I never even gave an opinion on it at all, yet you think I'm being unfair (and ridiculous). In a separate argument, you fail to understand a pretty straightforward point made by Joe and descend into a debate about the English language. And then you try to spur another separate argument by mentioning the ratings of other users based on their apparently identical tastes in music.

Now that, to me, is nonsense.
Erik M. - 11.07.2014 at 23:58  
Rating: 9
Written by Troy Killjoy on 11.07.2014 at 09:02

If the last sentence in my post is nonsense, then what does that make your post?

I never said I dislike this album. In fact, I never even gave an opinion on it at all, yet you think I'm being unfair (and ridiculous). In a separate argument, you fail to understand a pretty straightforward point made by Joe and descend into a debate about the English language. And then you try to spur another separate argument by mentioning the ratings of other users based on their apparently identical tastes in music.

Now that, to me, is nonsense.


You made an assumption by saying "and you kind of know what this is going to sound like before listening to it..." which annoyed me a bit as it comes off as unfair since you didn't even give it a chance. When I said "fine by me if you dislike it", which I admit was worded poorly, I meant that it's justified if you dislike it if you listened to it, instead of writing it off like you did based on merely an assumption.

And I'm not sure why you would bring up seperate matters here, as those have nothing to do with my reply to your post. The discussion with Joe in this thread has ended, after all. And what I said about Joe, Alex and mz is that they have similar taste in music, which I noticed because of the identical scores they handed out to a couple of 2014 albums. I never said their taste in music is identical.
Marcel Hubregtse - 12.07.2014 at 12:59  
Rating: 6
Written by Erik M. on 10.07.2014 at 23:35



Well, it came across as if you were implying this album is funeral doom.


No, it doesn't come across as such, at all. It can only come across the way you interpretd it if your comprehensive reading isn't up to scratch.
Marcel Hubregtse - 12.07.2014 at 13:53  
Rating: 6
Written by Alex Fenger on 07.05.2014 at 18:21

Pretty much on par with the other two Doom:VS albums. If you're a fan of the band I can't imagine you'll be disappointed,


I am a fan of the first two Doom:VS albums but this one was very disappointing, so immensely average.
Alex Fenger - 12.07.2014 at 19:31  
Rating: 6
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 12.07.2014 at 13:53

I am a fan of the first two Doom:VS albums but this one was very disappointing, so immensely average.

That's interesting. What exactly did you find disappointing about this album?
Monolithic - 14.07.2014 at 02:58  
Rating: 6 *sighs

It has its moments but it's not really impressive.
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.07.2014 at 03:32  
Rating: 6
Written by Monolithic on 14.07.2014 at 02:58

*sighs

It has its moments but it's not really impressive.


whereas the first two albums were And Doom:VS moved away from tthe funeral doom light sound into generic death doom with some slight gothic touches now. Moving even towards Draconian's sound, the hooror, absolute hooror in that for me.

Btw this seems more to be answer to Alex's qquestion than to your statement hahahaha
Monolithic - 14.07.2014 at 03:41  
Rating: 6
Written by Marcel Hubregtse on 14.07.2014 at 03:32


whereas the first two albums were And Doom:VS moved away from tthe funeral doom light sound into generic death doom with some slight gothic touches now. Moving even towards Draconian's sound, the hooror, absolute hooror in that for me.

Btw this seems more to be answer to Alex's qquestion than to your statement hahahaha

Ahahaha yeah but I agree. It has spread way too much into generic territory.

Sometimes I think that it's not the sophomore album that really proves how consistent your band is, but the 3rd album.
Marcel Hubregtse - 14.07.2014 at 04:05  
Rating: 6
Written by Monolithic on 14.07.2014 at 03:41



Sometimes I think that it's not the sophomore album that really proves how consistent your band is, but the 3rd album.


it indeed is. Good case in point being Metallica with Master Of Puppets which actually just copied Ride The Lightning with a slightly different production.
Troy Killjoy - 27.07.2014 at 19:23  
  This is really bland and forgettable. I've listened to it twice in the past week and don't remember a single riff.
IronArkadius666 - 30.07.2014 at 14:25  
Rating: 8 Not bad, no way near as good as Aeternum Vale but far better than Dead Words Bore Me Half to Death.

I'm not sure Jensen's vocals work well with this music, I know Saturnus is also a gothic death/doom band but his vocals seem to suit their more gothic style better than Doom:VS's more melodic/Draconian style. Well I know they are both melodic and gothic but I don't know how to officially describe the differences between the two bands.

I do like the Draconian approach to this album, but without Lisa, or at least some female accompanying vocals, it does get a bit boring sometimes.

The album's saving grace, pulling it up into a high 7 for me, is definitely Oceans of Despair.
BoxCar Willy - 30.07.2014 at 16:55  
Rating: 6 Throw me in with the "meh" crowd on this one.
Lit. - 30.07.2014 at 19:55  
  This band is just "meh" in general, if you ask me. I've listened to their first two at least twice and found nothing worth coming back to. This is no exception.
Erik M. - 02.08.2014 at 21:57  
Rating: 9
Written by IronArkadius666 on 30.07.2014 at 14:25

The album's saving grace, pulling it up into a high 7 for me, is definitely Oceans of Despair.


It's a highly consistent album, but Oceans of Despair and The Slow Ascent are the two highlights for me. I'd say the latter (last song) is the best.
Marcel Hubregtse - 02.08.2014 at 22:15  
Rating: 6
Written by Erik M. on 02.08.2014 at 21:57

Written by IronArkadius666 on 30.07.2014 at 14:25

The album's saving grace, pulling it up into a high 7 for me, is definitely Oceans of Despair.


It's a highly consistent album...



True, it is consistently average.

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