Novembers Doom‘s Bled White is a monolith of the morose riffs and eerie vocals the band is known for, another dark entry into their solid discography.Starting right off with the huge title track, the band kick down the doors and let the storm in. While listening to this band remains a work out at times, it is only because the gloom reaches fairly deep dimensions and not because the music ever grows tiresome. The Chicago band led by Paul Kuhr (with whom we recently conducted a rather extensive interview on the album) have been dishing out reliable doom for several decades now.
The driving percussion of Garry Naples really carries the momentum of this record to bold heights, never letting up but not cluttering the songs. The whole band know what they are doing and aim for the throat. Every melodic-tinged chord is like a poisoned glass of wine, bittersweet and brimming with a head rush of mortality. The band have stayed true to their bleak vision over the years and are finally getting more of the praise and attention they deserve as Stateside doom-pushers. The mix by Dan Swano at Unisound is also highly beneficial to the effectiveness of Bled White, lending each note clarity but not stealing the thunder from the chuggier death metal influenced moments. “The Memory Room” in particular is murky yet gorgeously balances between worlds, like colored shadows cast from a stained glass window in the mind. The song positively aches with longing but in a manly way, not to sound ridiculous.
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