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Album Review

Slumber has, at times, been described as a death metal-influenced doom metal band, but truth be told, the Stockholm, Sweden-based outfit doesn't sound like Grief, YOB, Saint Vitus, Khanate, or Toadliquor (all of which are perfect examples of Black Sabbath-minded doom bands). A much better and more accurate way to describe Fallout (which is Slumber's first full-length album) is melodic death metal with a strong gothic influence. The lead vocals are pure death metal; they favor the type of deep, guttural growl that death metal bands are known for. But Fallout doesn't have the ferocious, skull-crushing, dense approach that you get with a lot of Nordic death metal; the material rocks aggressively, although not in an ultra-brutal fashion. Rather, bands like Slumber are considered melodic death metal because they are exactly that — melodic. Slumber's melodies and harmonies are definitely on the dark side; they clearly identify with the gloominess and melancholia of goth rock. No one will accuse Fallout of being the most cheerful release of 2005, and that gloomy outlook no doubt has a lot to do with some listeners calling Slumber doom metal. But doom metal isn't just about lyrics. It's a particular sound — a very Black Sabbath-influenced sound, and Fallout doesn't have the element of Sabbath worship that you get with Toadliquor, Grief, or Khanate. But Fallout does have plenty of goth worship, although the disc rocks decisively harder than the non-metal goth rock of the Sisters of Mercy, the Crüxshadows, or the seminal Bauhaus. This album falls short of exceptional, but it's a respectable, worthwhile example of melodic death metal being combined with gothic metal.

Customer Reviews

A Symphonic Doom Masterpiece

Fallout captures the sadness that doom metal demands, and graces it with rich symphonic songwriting and full instrumental composition. This album is very well produced, and will not let you down! Definitely for fans of Opeth, Insomnium, And Swallow The Sun


I feel the critic has a limited sense of what Doom Metal really is.

while, yes. there are those... OLDER bands that basically seem to be riffing Sabbath, there are a great number of newer bands that fit in this genre, that really dont need to.

Slumber is One of them.

that being said, Slumber is one of those bands that makes music first, then worries about what you want to classify it as later.

and that may very well be why I love them so much.

at times Death, other times Doom. usually ambient and often Goth flavored. Slumber is incredibly listenable. and always touching...

and those two facts alone. make them much more valuable to me than many bands you would easily classify as a clinical definition of "Doom Metal"

Symphonic Doom At It's Best

Fallout is a beautiful album... simply put. Slumber catches the sadness and the fullness of doom metal and frames it perfectly, filling every inch of their sound. Definitely for fans of Opeth, Swallow The Sun, and Insomnium

Fallout, Slumber
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  • $6.93
  • Genres: Rock, Music
  • Released: Mar 08, 2005

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