Artist: Crimson Tower
Album: Aeternal Abyss
Label: Morbid and Miserable Records
Release Date: 18/03/2022
As it turns out Crimson Tower’s Aeternal Abyss isn’t a new release, but rather a re-release of an album that never received the attention it deserved on its initial release. We have Morbid and Miserable Records to thank for noble act and for brining us this killer offering of Brazilian doom and heavy metal on March 18th.
While this was a fairly recently released album, it sounds and feels as if it could have come directly out of the early 80s. The band have managed to capture not only the recording quality bit the spirit and essence behind music of this era. The band compare their style to the likes of classic/epic doom legends such as Pagan Altar and Candlemass and I can easily feel those influences but there are some definite traditional heavy metal and NWOBHM elements strewn throughout this release, at times reminding me of early Judas Priest and Cirith Ungol to name just two.
Personally, I can’t get enough of the mixing and mastering on the album. The music really retains that raw DIY feel that I personally love so much about bands like Pagan Altar. You can just picture the music being recorded in smoke filled dimly lit rooms. That feeling comes through with each killer solo or powerful vocal segment and makes you feel as if you’re there with them.
On the topic of vocals I really can’t state how much I love this vocal style, it honestly has a timeless feel to it, as if it will never grow old or tired. Another 50 years could pass and I still feel as if people will find a unique connection with vocals like these. I think its almost a sense of honesty that they exude, or maybe a confidence in themself. They don’t try to hit impressively high notes constantly, they don’t try to be deep, gruff or guttural, they sit right at the sweet spot between each of those, drawing on some of the best elements of all of them and adding a sort of dramatic flare. The echoed, faded sort of feel again takes me to that smoke filled dimly lit room where the voice is ringing out of the haze.
While the guitar work isn’t super complex, this is actually a good thing. What I always loved about the guitar work on albums like this was the level of mood they could set with such simplistic riffs and hooks accompanied by the perfect choice of tone. In the end its all about the tone and how the band melds that eerie, dramatic, occult-like tone with catchy repetitive guitar work to create moments that get stuck in your head with each and every listen.
This is an album that I immediately had a feeling that I would enjoy before even listening to it based on its title, album art and description and it did not disappoint. If you’re a fan of old school epic doom/heavy metal then I highly recommend this release.
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