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Castle (Netherlands) : Castle

Another obscure Doom album reviewed, it seems that graves have been left opened these days. Castle was a dutch band which has released 2 demos before this album, then simply disappeared. 'Castle', the album, is pretty much slow melancolic music, backed up by very deep grunts with some Progressive elements, brought here by the keyboards.

Those keyboards are what set this album apart from all the other bandwagonners in those days of old. The idea of mixing Progressive parts with Doom is a good one, but the idea to make it sound like a Yes rehearsal is an even better one. Fans of bands like Arcturus will actually find many common points in the keyboards parts of both bands. Castle never goes quick, and does very well the alternance of mid-tempo parts with ultra-slow crushing ones. The two last songs speed up a bit the pace, but nothing that will scare you if you're a fan of The Gathering early works. Considering when it was released, one can think that it was just a matter of bad luck that Castle never got even a bit of Underground success.

So, here's a somewhat classic release, with some ideas, and worth checking out if you're a fan of the old sound of Death/Doom. However, despite being a rare album to find, the music you'll find in is certainly not worth the 80/150 bucks for which I've already seen this album been sold and bought on Ebay.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The 7th Empire
2. The Emperor’s Children
3. After Reality
4. Exposed
5. Travelling
6. Castle
7. Bridge Of Snow

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes.

Visit the Castle (Netherlands) bandpage.

Reviewed on 30-07-2009 by Laurent Lignon
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