SLOW (Be) “III - Gaia” /CD/



The third full-length album by the Belgian Atmospheric Funeral Doom Metal one man band.
Very little is known about this Belgian one-man band: Déhà, the mastermind, is already in command of a multitude of other projects. One sure thing is the guy’s tremendous talent.
Slow is a project that combines refinement and power, touching the darkest regions of the human psyche with its icy finger; there lies the devastating power of real Funeral Doom: a disposition to destroy pleasure, to wipe the smile away, and even more amazingly, to cause a kind of sad joy, of morbid rapture - a tangible emotion that results from instrumentation stripped down to the essential, as it has been thought out from the very beginning of the genre. Slow incorporates all these gears with a remarkable subtlety: the music is, of course, ultra-heavy, but - a bit like The Howling Void - it has a majestic and ethereal vibe which makes it absolutely overwhelming. The riffs have a languid feel to them and the voice, a sublime combination of cavernous growls and vaporous lamentations, brings about the mystical dimension expected from authentic Funeral Doom. The songwriting is quite fine, progressing in dark, slow waves at the pace of the tragic riffs. The keyboard keeps a low profile: it limits itself to some scarce, misty notes, weaving a dreamlike background in which some tormented vocals come and drown...
The album is crafted with a perfect consistency of each of its parts: the rhythmic patterns are smoothly linked together and repeated; this simplicity is typical of the genre. It is also its most vicious trap: infertility threatens him who confuses simplicity and minimalism. Funeral Doom is no "Ambient" music: if the technique is reduced to the minimum, it must remain emotionally fertile - it’s in the balance of the amount of each element that the indispensable emotion arises: Funeral Doom speaks to the soul, for lack of a better word; it has to go deep into you.
Slow masters the recipe (because it is one indeed) to perfection. The result is a monument of clever Funeral Doom; an album that will strike you as a masterpiece of simplicity, restraint and precision! Everything is right, everything happens at the right time with an "intention" that is never faulted!! Coldly recommended!!!
Silent Time Noise Records, 2013 (STNR-09). Made in Russia. First press.


Tracklist:
1. Gaïa - Part I 40:02
2. Gaïa - Part II 29:00
Total playing time: 69:02

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