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in memory of true pink and spellbounder
Locked inside a room of darkness,
Lost inside a night sky
Where nightmares come true...
Trapped in a cage of swirling thunder,
Of darkness and insanity,
With a hole in my spirit.
A great black void of nothingness.
In darkness and light,
In night and day.
Pull me in and make me pay.
Pay for everything I`ve done,
For setting my spirit free.
For loving you.
Make me pay for everything I`ve ever done.
For being born.
For living my worst nightmare.
For making my life a living hell...
in memory of cudna biljka
Many a night have I searched for an answer
Walking amongst the cobwebs of my mind
Searching for my mortal soul I left behind
I turn my nose to the wind
I can smell the fear of millions
I can taste their blood on the wind
I hunger for the touch of their lips
I ache for the dreams that they live
I walk alone on the paths of darkness
Strling towards a new tomorrow
For someone to come along
Someone who understands...
samo za naamah...povijest doom metala
From the early days of Black Sabbath to the modern-day Death/Doom-Metal of My Dying Bride - A complete historical overview of our beloved genre.
Early doom bands of the seventies...
Most people agree that Black Sabbath is amongst the most influential bands for all heavy metal in general, and Doom-Metal is no exception. Their early albums 'Black Sabbath', 'Paranoid', 'Master Of Reality', 'Vol. 4', 'Sabbath Bloody Sabbath', and 'Sabotage' are all without doubt, masterpieces, and without them Doom-Metal (or even metal in general) would not exist at all.
Whilst Black Sabbath were definitely well ahead of their time, and as such one of a kind, they certainly weren't without their contemporaries (Pentagram, Blue Cheer, Black Widow). Some of the earliest prototypes of Doom-Metal were in fact songs of the late sixties and early seventies that, whilst not wholly doomy, contained countless great riffs that came to shape the sound of Doom-Metal in later years. Such songs include Iron Butterfly's 'Inna Gadda Da Vida'.
One of Black Sabbath's main contemporaries - Pentagram - can be counted as one of the earliest Doom bands around, often intertwining with the band Bedemon one could perhaps best label their style of music as "Proto Doom". Black Sabbath has a huge impact on their sound but they focused more on the doomy side of this style. Thus creating some of the first ever Doom-metal records!
The 1980s brought with them the first bona fide Doom-Metal acts. This was the era in which bands such as Def Leppard, Warrant, and Bon Jovi came to the foregrounds and professed to be "heavy metal", and where thrash/speed and death metal bands ruled the metal scene.
The press also applied the term "heavy metal" in a nasty pigeonholing manner to any band that wore tight spandex and big hair. Whilst there are so many bands during that time that were truly deserving to fly under the banner of Doom-Metal, they were vastly outnumbered by these Glam-metal acts. The eighties were also known for the end period of the NWOBHM, another semi-fast style of metal. So in an era where speed was the prominent factor in extreme music, Doom-Metal acts where greatly outnumbered, but this is the era where Doom-metal was mostly developed and created a name for itself.
One 80s band that made Doom big was Trouble. Originally from Chicago, this band got together in 1979 but gained popularity from 1984 onwards. Trouble's music stands for slow, dragging heavy metal, clearly influenced by Black Sabbath. Due to Christian beliefs of the band and its effect on their lyrics the band initially fell under the label White-metal.
Saint Vitus, another early doom-oriented band, had perhaps the biggest influence on the Doom-metal landscape (together with Candlemass). Their early work was on SST (Greg Ginn from Black Flag's label) and was mostly fronted by Wino who gained more fame later with semi-doom majors The Obsessed. Wino became one of the most legendary figures of Doom-metal in his own right. From his beginnings with The Obsessed, moving on to St. Vitus, and re-forming The Obsessed, he became one of the most prominent and influenctial figures within the Doom-metal scene. He now frequents the Stoner scene with his current band Spirit Caravan.
In 1986, Swedish band Candlemass released the album 'Epicus Doomicus Metallicus', a milestone in early Doom-Metal. Once called "the heaviest band in the world" they picked up where Black Sabbath left off in 1976. The material on 'Epicus Doomicus Metallicus' was in the same style as old Black Sabbath (with Ozzy) but with modern contemporary influences. Candlemass' best years were those with vocalist Messiah Marcolin, a man with an exceptionally clear, deep voice. For doom newbies the CD 'As It Is, As It Was: The Best Of Candlemass' (Music For Nations, 1994) gives a good overview of their works.
Another doom pioneer in the late eighties was Lee Dorrian's band Cathedral. When Lee left Napalm Death in 1989 nobody expected such a volte face. As opposed to Napalm Death's ultra-fast music Cathedral's first releases were ultraslow, super-heavy doom in its purest form. Check out the albums 'In Memorium' and 'Forest Of Equilibrium'. Cathedral's later works are more seventies-rock oriented and the doom atmosphere has slowly faded away.
One label that was very important to this first generation of Doom-metal, and was mainly active during the very end of the eigthies to the mid nineties, was the Hellhound Label. This label signed a great deal of Doom-metal acts whose sound later became known as the "hellhound sound", industriously forming a clear foundation for future Doom-metal acts to build upon. Bands like The Obsessed and Count Raven released many records through this label.
The early 90s heralded a change in the Doom-Metal landscape. With Death-metal having taken over the metal torch halfway through the eighties, Doom-Metal enjoyed a revival. New bands emerged that sought a mix between original Doom-Metal and Death-metal. Early pioneers like Winter with their release 'Into Darkness' in 1990 and Thergothon with their brilliant demo 'Fhragn-nagh Yog-Sothoth' in 1991 broke through the original boundaries of traditional Doom-Metal and formed the building blocks for modern day Doom-Metal. Lets also however not forget a band like diSEMBOWELMENT.
Bands like Winter, Thergothon and diSEMBOWELMENT could not gain the success later doom bands would have with this new style. Three bands from England, whom all shared the same label, Peaceville, propelled the Death/Doom genre to the level at which it stands today; Paradise Lost being the first with their release of 'Lost Paradise' in 1990 (which still had a strong death-metal influence). With 'Gothic' in 1991 they however almost single-handed set the standard for modern-day doom.
Fellow label mates My Dying Bride succeeded in opening the gates for countless new Doom-Metal bands. Their first official release on Peaceville, 'Symphonaire Infernus Et Spera Empyrium', in 1991 already showed this band was destined for greatness and with their second full length 'Turn Loose the Swans' in 1993 they set their status as the largest modern-day Doom-Metal band. Another influence on this new form of Doom-Metal was the third Peaceville band called Anathema. Despite being one of "the big three" they always remained the smallest and least influential.
Also worth mentioning is that at the beginning of the ninties, a band called Earth (no, not Black Sabbath with their orignal name) created some of the heaviest Sabbath influenced music ever. This band became a huge influence on so-called "Drone Doom", an extreme form of Doom-metal.
Nor can we overlook the rise of an odd child within the Doom family, Sludge Doom; very heavy, miserable sounding Doom-metal that perhaps lacks the mournfull and emotions of Doom but fills those with pure filth, discust and anger. Of course also attoning to the teaching of Black Sabbath.
Midway through the nineties the need for experimentation within the metal genre as a whole also touched the Doom-Metal genre. Bands like The 3rd and the Mortal created a more atmospheric type of doom with albums like Tears Laid in Earth' and were one of the first metal bands to have a fulltime female lead singer. Following in the wake of Thergothon, slower and more extreme acts than normal Death/Doom also started to emerge like Funeral, Skepticism and Esoteric. The experimentation "disease" lead to the many different types of Doom-Metal we know today. From the slow and emotionless sounds of Esoteric, Evoken and Skepticism to the Gothic/Doom-Metal hybrids like Theatre of Tragedy. And let's not forget that there is a whole host of new and old bands who still play the orignal style of Doom from the 80s.
Owing to this flurry of experimentation, the boundaries between genres faded and various great Doom-Metal giants moved away from the sound they helped create, giving the whole Doom-Metal genre a creative input of which we have not yet seen the last. The new millenium has already proven that by making 2001 one of the best years for heavy Doom since the early ninties. This indeed promises much for the future...
My Dying Bride
My Dying Bride were formed in June 1990, by Calvin, Aaron, Andy and Rick, and after only six months of intense rehearsing, their now legendary demo 'Towards the Sinister' was launched upon an unsuspecting world. Shortly after the release of the demo, a 7" single was released by the band on the small French label, Listenable. The 'God Is Alone' 7" went on to sell out almost immediately, which caught the eye of Peaceville Records, who offered the band a deal just one year after they had formed.
'Symphonaire Infernus et Spera Empyrium' was the bands' debut release (an EP that featured the bands latest recruit, Ade, on bass), followed shortly by their first full length LP, 'As the Flower Withers', which saw the band pushing the frontiers of Avant Garde Doom Metal, even further than on their earlier releases.
After shows throughout the UK and a short tour of Europe, the band were in the studio yet again recording their Kerrang! chart high flyer, 'The Thrash of Naked Limbs', the bands second EP. While filming the video for this single, drummer Rick fell badly, damaging his wrist, which sadly lead to the cancellation of their planned full length European tour with label mates G.G.F.H.
Recognized throughout the world now as a pioneering Gothic Metal act, My Dying Bride went a step further in recruiting long time session musician for the band, Martin, an acclaimed violinist and piano player.
In late 1993, a mammoth European tour began, to coincide with the release of the bands latest full length opus, 'Turn Loose the Swans'. The tour was a huge success as far as the actual live shows were concerned, but serious automobile accidents in thick snow, theft of equipment & illnesses, marred an otherwise fruitful outing.
In '94 the band went to ground. Not much was heard about My Dying Bride but they were far from idle.
Apart from releasing the EP 'I am the Bloody Earth', the year was spent preparing material and fermenting a sound that was to become the opus 'The Angel and the Dark River'. Six epic tracks averaging around nine minutes each, immerse the listener in My Dying Bride's sinister glory. A rich tapestry to the ear and a deep trouble to the soul 'The Angel and the Dark River' is My Dying Bride's most challenging and assured release to date.
'The Angel and the Dark River' was released by Peaceville Records on May 8, 1995, and was followed up with an extensive European tour, including major festival dates such as the Dynamo Open Air festival in Holland.
During the Autumn of 1995, My Dying Bride's first three EPs were re-released on a single CD compilation, titled 'Trinity'. The end of the year saw a successful tour in support of Iron Maiden in the UK and Europe.
In 1996 My Dying Bride released 'Like Gods of the Sun'. Extra attention had been paid to production, which resulted in a much 'cleaner' sound. The release of this album was followed by two European tours, one in 1996 with Cathedral, and one in 1997 with Sentenced. In 1997 the band also hopped over the ocean for the first time: a US tour as support act for Dio was launched in April. Despite this support tour being a success, the last few weeks of the tour were canceled when drummer Rick became ill. Sadly, his illness prevented him from staying in the band altogether and My Dying Bride had to go and look for a new drummer.
In 1998 hard work was done by the band on the new album, which got the rather unorthodox title '34.788%... Complete'. During rehearsing the band lost yet another member, Martin. In the meantime a temporary drummer had been found in the person of Bill Law, drummer of Dominion. So with a drastically changed lineup My Dying Bride went into the recording studio.
After release of the album things went quiet again around My Dying Bride. The silence was broken by the announcement that the band planned to start working on their sixth album rightaway instead of touring. Another revelation was the fact that a new permanent drummer had been found in the person of Shaun Steels, former drummer of Anathema.
With Johnny Maudlin helping out on keyboards, My Dying Bride recorded 'The Light at the End of the World', which was released in November 1999. This album is basically a return to the sound of My Dying Bride in the period between 'Turn Loose the Swans' and 'The Angel and the Dark River', but with a whole new perspective on this sound. The band also recruited Hamish Glencross as second guitarist, though his work can not yet be heard on 'The Light at the End of the World'.
In 2000, the band celebrated its 10 year anniversary with tour in Western Europe and the creation of two compilation albums titled Meisterwerk 1 & 2. Shortly afterward, the band went back into the studio, to record the next opus 'The Dreadful Hours', which was released in July 2001. Again, Johnny Maudlin was recruited for sorting out the keyboards. In addition to seven new tracks, the album featured a new recording of the 14-minute epic song "Return of the Beautiful', renamed 'Return to the Beautiful'.