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Release date: 10 May 2011
Style: Melodic death metal


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01. The Dark Host
02. Harvest Scythe
03. Buried
04. What Could Have Been
05. Of Age And Origin - Part 1: A Violent Day
06. Of Age And Origin - Part 2: A Day Of Joy
07. Six Sides
08. Shadow Play

Lyrics (8)

Paul Kuhr - vocals
Lawrence Roberts - guitar
Vito Marchese - guitar
Michael Feldman - bass
Sasha Horn - drums

Additional Instrumentation
Anneke Van Giersbergen - vocals (4)
Rachel Barton Pine - violin
Dan Swanö - vocals (5, 6)
Ben Johnson - keyboard

Additional info
Produced by Novembers Doom.
Engineering and editing by Chris Wisco, Belle City Sound, Racine, WI, USA.
Mixed by Dan Swanö at Square One, Orebro, Sweden.
Mastered by Dan Swanö at Square One, Orebro, Sweden.
Music written and arranged by Novembers Doom.
Lyrics by Paul Kuhr.
Cover and exterior design and Illustration by Tommy Genest.
Intererior design and illustration by Jason Hicks.
Photography by Raymond Boykin & Paul Kuhr.

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11.05.2011 It took me about one minute to realize Novembers Doom's latest is a drastic improvement over their previous release. They have found that ideal balance between dark, melodic death and the pulsing, downbeat of doom, and do it with arrangements and production that is assertive yet fluid. For fans of deeply personal lyrics, Paul Kuhr has always been one of the best around, and he's as drastic as ever here. And to top it off, fans of Anneke van Giersbergen will find her doing an excellent guest appearance with Paul as well (and in the available video track)!

Oh, and did I mention how great they are live?

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lord artan - 04.11.2010 at 15:00  
Rating: 10 I cant wait:banger2:
serega25 - 20.11.2010 at 22:40  
Rating: 8 I want!
SexyCat_1113 - 26.02.2011 at 04:35  
Rating: 8 Hopeful !
Jason W. - 05.05.2011 at 03:28  
Rating: 8 Ordered this from The End Records with a t-shirt in a package deal. And seeing it performed live in days. So yes, quite hopeful myself
Vonpire - 10.05.2011 at 18:51  
Rating: 9 Excellent !! Of Age and Origin is Suberb! Six Sides Also .

An my dear Anneke sings on "What Could Have Been".

What can one ask more?!
Jason W. - 11.05.2011 at 20:58  
Rating: 8 Such a better disc than their last one. They were excellent live as well last week, damn!
Tetravirulence - 12.05.2011 at 17:37  
Rating: 8 Digging this out now !
kaoskrew - 12.05.2011 at 21:54  
Rating: 10 I look forward to getting a copy. Come The End sort it out!
Fallen - 13.05.2011 at 06:24  
Rating: 5 Gonna give this a spin even thought I get the feeling my ears will regret doing so. Melodic Death metal just doesn't have much going for it lately.
JCJen7 - 13.05.2011 at 07:05  
  Holy crap this album rocks. I am really scared of this singer after listenign to buried
Saeed_P - 13.05.2011 at 22:40  
  It should be better they perform all their songs with post metal influence.
a little doom would NOT be so good at this moment. i mean "buried"
Koen Smits - 13.05.2011 at 23:16  
  I'm sorry, I find this album overrated.
I think it's a good album but 2nd best of 2011 so far, no. Just my opinion.
InnerSelf - 14.05.2011 at 01:10  
Written by Koen Smits on 13.05.2011 at 23:16

I'm sorry, I find this album overrated.
I think it's a good album but 2nd best of 2011 so far, no. Just my opinion.

I find the band's whole discography overrated , I mean the first few albums were MDB worship and the recent ones are just meh. "The Pale Haunt Departure" was great but the rest is just average to good imo
Tetravirulence - 15.05.2011 at 15:37  
Rating: 8 Overrated for sure; I don want to compare albums but their Pale haunt departure had some sort of feel rather than this one
Fallen - 16.05.2011 at 01:05  
Rating: 5 In the top 20 of 2011? Definitally overrated. Like most Melodic death is these days. Sorry Fan boys
The Benighted - 16.05.2011 at 01:44  
Rating: 7
Written by Fallen on 16.05.2011 at 01:05

In the top 20 of 2011? Definitally overrated. Like most Melodic death is these days. Sorry Fan boys

Yeah this is decent but I agree, it isn't Top 20 Material at all.
Aeox - 16.05.2011 at 15:10  
Rating: 8 I think the reason for 'Melodic Death' being overrated is the fact that almost every other band these days get labeled 'Melodic Death', when clearly they're not. I'm concerned that people's opinions or votes are overly influenced by the constraints of the specific 'genres' and contents thereof.
Pankar95 - 16.05.2011 at 20:45  
  Is this out already? Ill check it for sure soon.
DevilishSong - 17.05.2011 at 22:36  
Rating: 8 Definitely it's better than " Into Night's Requiem Infernal " ... but i don't consider Aphotic as Melodic Death ... obviously it's Death/Doom with more Doom influences.
bitethepain - 18.05.2011 at 18:51  
Rating: 10
Written by The Benighted on 16.05.2011 at 01:44

Written by Fallen on 16.05.2011 at 01:05

In the top 20 of 2011? Definitally overrated. Like most Melodic death is these days. Sorry Fan boys

Yeah this is decent but I agree, it isn't Top 20 Material at all.

"Fan Boys" Do you realize most bands depend on their "fan boys" to make any kind of living with their art. "Fan boys" buy their records when they first come out, see their shows every time they are around and buy each new t- shirt allowing them to continue with their music. Show a little appreciation for the "fan boys" who keep this metal world alive and kicking. So what if they are a little obsessed with their favorite band. This is what makes metal great when you can support your favorite band!
Pankar95 - 19.05.2011 at 11:37  
  Agreed. And u cant say smt is overrated just because u dont like it a lot. There may be some albums that you consider to be the absolute metal classics, but that will bore me to death.
Risto - 20.05.2011 at 22:25  
Rating: 6 Very bland. Couple of decent songs still.
Troy Killjoy - 04.06.2011 at 22:05  
  This actually turned out to be a little short of awesome. Surprisingly good, though nothing new brought to the table. Still, the yin-yang approach worked out rather well. Shredding death metal with some more melodic, down-tempo doom moments.
Carrion Misery - 18.06.2011 at 06:38  
Rating: 9 "and he who flies is hated most of all"

Anyways, I love this CD. They hit Death-Doom spot on and I commend them for it.
SceneryOfLoss - 18.06.2011 at 15:46  
  Is Anneke singing here?
SceneryOfLoss - 18.06.2011 at 16:06  
Written by Guest on 18.06.2011 at 15:59

Written by SceneryOfLoss on 18.06.2011 at 15:46

Is Anneke singing here?

Guesting in "What Could Have Been".

Thank you :-)
Destructo - 29.06.2011 at 18:39  
Rating: 8 Being the first album by this band that I've heard...I was both very impressed as well as disappointed with it. Most songs are good but there may be just some parts or sections of the songs that I felt were didn't quite work for me. I really cant explain this because I will be spinning this few more times definitely to truly understand this record. But overall, if what most older fans claim is true about how good this band is on their albums, I'm definitely gonna try them out.
Sorry for the longish sentences.
[ZP]Avampire - 02.07.2011 at 11:56  
Rating: 10 Loved it !:love:
Megi - 11.07.2011 at 17:49  
  I'm not an expert, but this really is not Melodic Death Metal. Genre debate aside, I haven't listened to it enough to really rate it yet, the top 10 of 2011 debate in my head too. When compared to other releases I don't know :/ I found Devin Townsend's Deconstruction absolutely mindblowing but clearly most people don't since thats not even in the top 20.
Draugen - 29.07.2011 at 23:24  
Rating: 7 A great album in many ways. But with a couple of weaker tunes and a lack of some more "doomier" moments, which I had hoped for, keep the overall rate down a bit.
Acidjunkie - 31.07.2011 at 12:58  
Rating: 7 A decent album, but - aside from the great vocals - I don't hear that much of interest happening. Although entertaining, it's not top 10 material in my opninion.
*!* - 11.08.2011 at 04:34  
Rating: 8 The first three songs are great, it goes downhill from there...
but overall a good album 7.5 for me
Vikingr - 17.10.2011 at 16:35  
Rating: 9 I really enjoyed this album, excellent vocals and I liked the combination of doom and melodic death, it was quite beautiful actually
SandRobin - 17.09.2012 at 17:03  
Rating: 9 Amazing album, my favorite by these guys!
Off topic, but I got a Dubstep ad from Youtube on this page.
psykometal - 27.03.2014 at 19:47  
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