The Old Dead Tree - The Water Fields (Season Of Mist) - Back
I have been following the French metal band The Old Dead Tree for many years now and I have seen them develop into a force to be reckon with. Every album an improvement on the predecessor and “The Water Fields” is no different to this inclination. In fact I find it hard to find an equal for a 2007 release. Now that I have your attention, you need to know a little bit about the band.

About then years ago, in 1997, The Old Dead Tree was founded by Manuel Munoz (Vocals, Guitars) and Nicolas Chevrollier (Guitars). Manuel is the one original member left today, as the band has gone through several lineup changes, which continue today with a new drummer joining the band in 2008. However the music hasn’t suffered through these changes.

The Old Dead Tree plays melodic doom, gothic metal in the vein of Anathema, Katatonia, and Paradise Lost. They write just as intelligently as the aforementioned, but have their own style and grace.

“The Water Fields,” as it says in the bands biography, is based upon an imaginary place where one finds refuge from pain and everyday doubts. It is best explained by Manuel Munoz: “This is a concept album about avoidance, kidding oneself, and the urge we have to hide from reality and to remain passive when we are on tenterhooks.” I couldn’t have said it any better myself.

An ardent album is what they have created. Passionate clean vocals and abrasive death growls are at the helm. Multiple layers of instruments keep the music fresh and vibrant while being mellow or intense. The main riffs and hooks will pull you in and keep you in a safe place called “The Water Fields.”

Several tracks will keep you ingrained into the music like you are on a metallic drug so addicting that you won’t want to wane yourself off of it because you fear an unequaled long and harsh withdrawal. And to add to that fanaticism, Andy Classen (Dew-Scented, Tankard, Asphyx, Belphegor, Graveworm , Rotting Christ, etc.) produced this album at Stage One Studio in Germany. Another proficient production from one of the best.

If you haven’t ventured out to get your copy by now, I don’t know what else to say to convince you. I guess you need to find yourself a branch from an old, dead tree (petrified if possible) and have a friend to hit you repeatedly with it until you have some sense knocked into you. Enough said!


Reviewed By: Jeffrey D. Adkins