Remembrance - Fall, Obsidian Night (2010)
French outfit Remembrance's third full-length release "Fall, Obsidian Night" is everything you want from a funeral doom album. It's a seriously deep, emotive & captivating piece of metal music. Matthieu's death vocals are deep & brooding. The drums are slow & hypnotic. The melodies are devastating & the riffs are crushing. This is the type of album that reveals more of itself with each listen & envelopes the listener once they allow themselves to become involved. Opening track "Ageless Fever" is particularly engaging & is the highlight of the album in my opinion. However "Fall, Obsidian Night" is not perfect. There are small sections that don't entirely work such as the acoustic guitar overlay towards the end of "Winter Tides". Closer "Obsidian" is probably the weakest point of the album which was a little bit of a let-down. I'd also like to see the band work on better ways to end their tracks as some of them just seem to... well... end. Regardless, all fans of funeral doom will love this CD & I expect the next Remembrance release to be a cranker.