Sunday, April 17, 2011

Officium Triste - Giving Yourself Away (2007)

DOOM, DOOM, DOOM! That’s what Officium Triste is all about. Their 2007 album entitled “Giving Yourself Away” contains 6 tracks of nothing but pure Doom metal. I know you’re probably thinking, “Well 6 songs doesn’t seem like a lot." However, don’t let the number of tracks fool you. The album is a lot longer that it looks, considering each song averages out to be about 8 minutes long.

The album starts off with the song “Your Eyes,” which has a lot to offer. Given its length alone, 9 minutes and 48 seconds, which happens to be the longest track out of the 6. As the song begins, minor chords fill the air with blaring distortion on the guitars in a slow tempo, giving it darkness yet beauty at the same time. The track carries mostly clean, depressive vocals throughout the verses. However, there is some deeper growling towards the end of the song. This, of course, is accompanied by aggressive guitar chugging and high clashing cymbals.

Track two, “My Charcoal Heart,” is probably the most epic song on the album, despite being the shortest song on the album. The verses consist of dark and eerie chords and blasting drums that will have your head bobbing. The verses go back and forth between heavy growling and clean vocals with a real depressing taste to it. Not to mention the lyrics are very deep and emotional. About halfway through the song, a beautiful piano breakdown followed by a guitar solo that gives so much feeling to the song. The song is concluded with a final verse filled with aggressive vocals. The only issue with this song is that it is simply too short.

"Signals" is another solid track that deserves some attention. This is the song that really leans toward the darker side in this album. The piano intro starts off with demonic keys as the drums slowly kick in. Heavy guitars fade in followed by dark vocals spoken over the top. A slow guitar solo follows, one that takes over most of the song. The only thing missing is the heavy growling vocals. But don't worry, their is plenty of that in "On The Crossroads Of Souls" and "Inside The Mind."

"Master Of Your Own Demise," the final track off of the album is more of a long outro than it is a song. It starts of with a beautiful piano piece accompanied by uplifting strings. The drums slowly start to fade into the song, along with heavy distorted guitar chords. A few short words are slowly spoken over the repeated instruments. Then the instruments slowly fade out, one by one, the way they came in. This is all over the course of 8 minutes and 13 seconds.

Overall the album is well written and provides darkness and beauty all in one. That's everything one hopes for in a Doom metal album!


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