Novembers Doom - The Pale Haunt Departure (The End) - Back
A grave welcoming back is certainly in order for one of America's finest musical doom metal artists, Novembers Doom. "The Pale Haunt Departure" is a vast collage of majestic melodies with guttural vox, extremely precise percussion & bass instrumentation, and the expected (yet... unexpected) acoustic parts always keeping ND amidst the finest names in metal. Beyond any questions or doubts, this album is by far their best work yet! Such is apparent with the first two tracks (actually, all of the tracks- hehe): "The Pale Haunt Departure" and "Swallowed by the Moon", with a hauntingly brutal and melodic sense running parallel to each other. Then there are a few tracks like "The Dead Leaf Echo" and "Through A Child's Eyes" that set a picture of mysticism and harmonium like you were actually caught in a dream in some faraway landscape. Any added incentives to this release is that none other than Mr. Dan Swan– mixed the album in his home town in Sweden and also guitar God himself, James Murphy, took precious care of the mastering duties in Florida. In essence, this album really got around!! With this being said, this new opus finds itself having elements of bands like Rush, Opeth, Edge Of Sanity, and even the mighty Black Sabbath collectively. A spectrum like this can only be embraced in the greater sense of the word! Paul, Vito (new guitar), Larry, Mike (new bass), and Joe have unleashed the album that for some few years now people have been waiting for from them. But don't take my word for it, experience it for yourself!!

Rating: 97

Reviewed By: Thomas Mitchell