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Release date: June 2009
Style: Doom metal


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01. Dust (The Circle Part I)
02. Waves (The Circle Part II)
03. Corrosion (The Circle Part III)
04. Lava (The Circle Part IV)
05. Abandon (The Circle Part V)
06. The Circle (Erosion Part I)

The Best Doom Metal Album Staff Pick Of 2009

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Staff review by
Marcel Hubregtse

Like I mentioned in my Mourning Lenore review a couple of months ago Portugal isn't too well-known for its metal scene. But it certainly seems that especially the Portuguese doom scene is starting to come of age and besides Insaniae the aforementioned Mourning Lenore this year also sees Process Of Guilt making some "Waves".

published 31.08.2009 | Comments (56)

Staff pick by
Marcel Hubregtse

26.02.2010 Erosion is the stand-out album of 2009. The Portuguese gloom masters Process Of Guilt have really come into a sound of their own with this seminal album mixing death/doom with post metal influences hence creating some sort of post doom. A modern day classic is what Erosion is and hopefully the band's breakthrough album to the metal world outside of the doom scene and Portugal.

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Daydream Nation - 22.02.2011 at 20:53  
  Meh...what can I say? Atmospheric and interesting...enjoyed the vocals. Unfortunately, not enough variety to keep the listener fully enraptured. And for a cyclical kind of concept album, there has to be many variations of the themes to hold it together. New genre, but look at Edge of Sanity's Crimson. Perfect BECAUSE of how it variated upon the theme and took ballsy risks. It's not that there was repetition (certainly wasn't), but it lacked NEW elements to grab the listener's attention.

A shame...I wanted to like this record, but it's just so...traditional. In spite of the excellent death-kinda vocals. While it does reach emotional peaks that I anticipate and feel as I listen to it...I just can't help thinking that this album could have done the same things in about 20 minutes time. Far too long for what it ultimately accomplishes.

And the lyrics...what could have ultimately saved this effort comes across as shallow. It's hard to get into the album when the lyrics (aside from Dust) offer little emotional depth to coincide with the emotional depth of the instrumentals. I certainly hope this baby will grow on me someday.
InnerSelf - 17.02.2012 at 15:16  
Rating: 10 Oh how I love this. Revolutionary
mz - 20.07.2013 at 21:17  
Rating: 9 It could be an easy 10 if there was more variation.
Dima - 07.09.2013 at 10:09  
Rating: 7 Lacks variety imo but still an enjoyable listen.
SceneryOfLoss - 26.04.2014 at 18:59  
Rating: 9 Probably one of the best things ever done in Portugal.

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