Elimination (2010-06-22 19:23:23) said:
Doom metal: Opinions?
Anyone who knows me knows I used to be anti-doom. Now I'm not. In fact, I've been listening to a lot of doom metal and post-doom bands and bands influenced by doom. Still don't like funeral or drone, though.
Candlemass, My Dying Bride, Uarual, Neolithic, The 3rd And The Mortal, Mael Mórdha... all good shit. Recommend me some good doom and earn brownie points.
I'm also loving all those old doom bands that play depressive rock nowadays, like Katatonia and Anathema. Good shit.
Also, I've come to the conclusion that Primodrial fucking owns.
I love doom. I think I discovered it by way of Sabbath a long while ago, and it has grown into one of my favorite types of metal. Reverend Bizarre is (was) one of the 'purest' doom bands, I love how they take the Black Sabbath template, and make it the law.
Funeral/Drone stuff can be hard to get into. Like i've seen Sunn O))) and I own all their albums, but I don't listen to them much at all. But that's ok, it's not someting to put on casually, it has its place and when you feel like it, it can hit the spot. If you want to appreciate drone - just start out with some Earth. That band is hard not to enjoy, and their newer work is rather pleasant (yet sad), and can perhaps bridge the gap from rock music to drone. On a somewhat related side point, i've met a few people at gigs who have played me their personal drone music they had written (usually performed with just layers of droning guitar and feedback) and it's interesting that there is actually quite a scene for that sort of thing. Also check out Teeth of Lions Rule the Divine, Lee Dorrian (Cathedral) teaming up with the Sunn guys for some filthy droning doom.
Anyway - love the 'classic' doom, Witchfinder General, Saint Vitus (anything Wino is involved with is awesome - Place of Skulls has an album with Wino and Victor Griffin from the next band on this list), Pentagram etc - and their modern contemporaries like Blood Ceremony, Black Pyramid, Witchcraft, Unearthly Trance. I also love what Electric Wizard does, and especially their last album as it went backwards toward the 'retro' doom sound even more. If you like the retro sound with a dose of metal, there has been more and more bands emerging in that vein. Not so much 'retro' as much as 'sabbath worship', but I love sabbath so I never complain.
Like most metal, doom has many sub-sub genres and has branched out a fair bit of late. Listening to My Dying Bride next to Yob might sound strange for example, but they are both 'doom metal' at their core.