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To Welcome The Fade

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When they hit the studios to record this album they got help from Grammy award winning producer, Neil Kernon, best known for his work with acts like Hall & Oates, Kansas, Yes, Queensryche, Judas Priest, Nevermore and Cannibal Corpse. 10 tracks. Dark Symph

1. Not The Strong
2. Broken
3. Lost In A Day
4. Within My Flesh
5. If Forever
6. The Spirit Seed
7. Torn
8. The Lifeless Silhouette
9. Dreams To Follow
10. Dark Fields For Brilliance

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 10, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: The End Records
  • ASIN: B00006IJ16
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #867,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Matthew Heilman on December 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
"To Welcome The Fade" is the fourth full-length studio release from November's Doom, the unsung veterans of America's relatively small Gothic/Doom metal scene. The band has been receiving favourable critical attention and sincere praise with each successive release. After the crushingly bleak and blissfully dark lamentations of their debut "Amid It's Hallowed Mirth" (my personal favourite release from the band), November's Doom has developed its own unique sound. Their densely layered and harmonic guitar sound instantly sets them apart from contemporaries. With this latest release, the band's sound seems to have reached a pristine perfection - rich in melody, intensely personal and magnificently expressive.
Though the band is pure Doom in atmosphere and spirit, there are many bands currently active with a greater fidelity to harsher, colder funereal oppressiveness. While certainly nowhere near the realms of reaching commercial success, the band's latest collection of material is their most accessible yet, having the same progressive yet melodic qualities as Opeth, Katatonia, Dark Tranquility, and later My Dying Bride. The band's appeal will surely not be limited to fans of Doom alone, but the material comprising "To Welcome The Fade" stands alongside some of the greatest and authentic Gothic metal albums of the past decade.
"Not The Strong" forebears any lengthy, long winded album intros, and instead plunges right into the thick of things with a burst of snapping drums and sweeping guitar galloping, accompanied by intelligible death growls. The song marches along through a melodic dual guitar serenade before sinking into a groove-oriented Sabbath-esque jam.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Justin G. TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 6, 2012
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2002's To Welcome the Fade is the fourth full-length album from long-running Chicago-based doom/death legends Novembers Doom. The album is something of an "end of an era" release, as it was the last Novembers Doom album to feature guitarist and songwriter Eric Burnley. The band tapped fellow Chicago resident and noted metal producer Neil Kernon (Nevermore, Nile, and, um, Hall and Oates) to produce the album.

Novembers Doom always struck me as the band Paradise Lost would have sounded like if they had stayed with the sound they had on Gothic. Novembers Doom strikes the perfect balance between the doom and death metal styles, combining aggression with melancholy and despair, somber passages with bludgeoning rhythms, mournful clean and spoken vocals with a very heavy death growl. To Welcome the Fade is a fantastic example of the band's sound. It's heavy in just about every sense of the word. Some of the songs are just brutal (I'm thinking "The Spirit Seed" here), while others are heavy in terms of bleak atmosphere and lyrics ("The Lifeless Shadow"). The album is extremely well-written, impeccably produced, and remains one of the band's best works.

Obviously Novembers Doom has gone on to release some incredible albums without Burnley, but there's something special about their early works, and To Welcome the Fade is the perfect album to end that era. If you're a fan of bands like Daylight Dies, Morgion, (early) Paradise Lost and (early) Katatonia, this is a must-have album from a band that is a legend in the doom/death genre.

Edition Notes: The End Records reissued To Welcome the Fade in 2004, adding a second disc of interesting bonus material. It includes the band's 1997 3-song For Every Leaf That Falls EP, live versions of "Lost in a Day" and "Not the Strong," and a live video clip for "Within My Flesh."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shane C. on November 17, 2002
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I've said before I'm no doom expert, but I love music that combines intelligence with emotion, and this is top of the line in both aspects. The feeling I get from this album is similar to Saturnus and My Dying Bride's most recent albums, mixed with some Opeth-grade originality and overall perfection. In fact, if Opeth is a bit too dissonant or "jazzy" for your tastes, this might be exactly what you need.
The guitarists (Eric Burnley and Larry Roberts) state some unusual influences on the band's website, including Squirrel Nut Zippers, Cheap Trick, and Bjork, but don't let that scare you. Variety is healthy for any musician. The riffs are, for the most part, melodic and original, something extremely rare in this day of In Flames-recycling. A few riffs resemble recent Opeth material, while others reach back to My Dying Bride and Anathema. The main vocal style is a gutteral growl, but there are several moments of clean singing and a beautiful female voice. Vocalist Paul Kuhr shows an excellent vocal performance matched with lyrics that are very deep and personal. Bass and drums are nicely done, but kind of "standard" (which doesn't hurt anything in this case).
To sum things up, if you enjoy Saturnus, My Dying Bride, Anathema, and Opeth, don't screw around, just buy this disc...
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By Jon P on September 25, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Paul definitely lets his pain and depression really shine through in; To Welcome The Fade. Where as in past releases his true meanings and feelings were cloaked and hard to decipher. Immediately The disc opens up with the track; 1. Not The Strong. In which he feels like a battered and beaten man. His diagnosis Spinal Stenosis and severe Arthritis have plagued his happiness for quite some time. He was bed ridden and heavily medicated on pain medicine which strengthen his depression further. And many of times brought forth thoughts of suicide. Track 2. Broken. Quickly follows up on the mood and inner helplessness of track 1. Second guessing life and pointing fingers of blame for his state. His pain and suffering leaves him Broken. Track 3. Lost In A Day. Is just that lost, confused and looking for answers and relief for the pain that nags him day in and out. Accepting his fate. But still holding on to the thought of one day being able to finally be rid of his suffering. Track 4. Within My Flesh. Probably the greatest song on the album. Paul tries his chances at modern medicine. Looking for relief in any shape or form that he may so find. He references the steroid needles as, placing spikes withing my flesh. And the heart break of a mother who says to him. "Its not fair this has happened to you, I would do anything to take your pain away! Truely moving and beautiful song. I get goosebumps everytime I hear it. Track 5. If Forever. Is a song written for his wife. In which he states If I should expire I would not go on to the afterlife without you. Even If the light shall call upon me I will be right here waiting for you! Hearing this you understand the role she plays in the matter, and the grand appreciation he has for her. Without her hes nothing for she is his strength and hope. Track 6.Read more ›
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