Stylistically, doom is a huge umbrella. From Black Sabbath worship, through stoner sounds and onto bleak melancholy. Underneath this canopy are Black Reuss as the Swiss outfit deliver their debut album ‘Metamorphosis’.
‘Metamorphosis’ is the first in a quadrilogy of albums exploring life through the metaphor of the Black Reuss river which runs through the Swiss mountains. As the listener would expect, Black Reuss is a huge monolith of melancholy and ‘Metamorphosis’ is not a happy album. But, you knew that already, therefore, what the listener gets is the ability to explore the darker side of emotions through tracks such as ‘Grief’, ‘Fear’ and ‘Love’ which have all the appeal of the likes of Katatonia, Paradise Lost and even Type O Negative as the band deliver a slow grinding gothic doom background against aesthetically pleasing baritone vocals with even some riffs locking into a Black Sabbath style groove. However, ‘Metamorphosis’ is a long album and it requires some serious discipline and staying power to listen to the album in its entirety without getting distracted and wandering off with its relatively same sound throughout.
That aside, ‘Metamorphosis’ is a decent way to start, from here Black Reuss will be able to build on this sound throughout their subsequent albums. It might not be the best, but it will have a lot of appeal to gothic doom fans.
Black Reuss will be able to build on this sound throughout their subsequent albums
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