Sound — 8
Epic, melodic, moving, impressive, Chicago's Novembers Doom is back at their best. Their sound is massive, and Into Night's Requiem Infernal is a true work of art. Novembers Doom's expertise in their doom metal sections is at an all time high, and their death metal riffing shows a controlled yet forceful attack. The path they travel contains both darkness and elegance, and Novembers Doom displays brilliant mood swings. Plus, it's great that drummer Sasha Horn has come back to join his brothers in Novembers Doom, for throughout their history, they've never sounded more sincere, complex, open minded, and forceful. Into Night's Requiem Infernal is both chilling and thrilling at the same time. Beginning the CD with the title track, Novembers Doom already introduces some of the densest music of their career. The song proposes some interesting rhythms, and blasts some great galloping brutality. Moving along, Novembers Doom gives their more death metal approach with Lazarus Regret, showing they have a bunch of tricks up their sleeve. The intro gives a steady metallic gallop, and drummer Sasha Horn really lets out the beast on this one. Lazarus Regret is a beast for sure, and I can't recall the band sounding more furious in their career! Another great jam Novembers Doom shows their death metal strength is on The Harlot's Lie. Mixing some huge chords matched with relentless brutality, the band's formula hasn't sounded more solid. The song stays heavy for awhile, and going through the thrash driven verses is a headbanger's delight. Into Night's Requiem Infernal closes on such a beautiful song with When Desperation Fills the Void, and Novembers Doom really gives doom metal a special treat. With a Pink Floyd influence, especially within vocalist Paul Kuhr, the band leaves the listeners hungry for more. I'll definitely have to say that song is the jam right there! Novembers Doom do sound a lot like Opeth and Pink Floyd in many ways, to where also their early Chicago death metal roots kick in at full blast (also listen to Paul and Sasha's side project These Are They). But indeed, the band pulls off a brilliant crossover, and as an American band, their brand of doom metal is so good, comparisons in strength can be drawn to European legends like Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride.
Lyrics — 7
The vocals show strong versatility, where vocalist Paul Kuhr unleashes deep guttural growls, chants of despair, and a droning style of singing. At times the vocals can be very similar to Opeth's. And I think on Into Night's Requiem Infernal, he [Kuhr] has found a style that suits him well. I especially like the heavier side to his voice, and on Lazarus Regret he blasts out of the gates with those guttural growls to instantly command the listener. Even when the tempo begins to slow down a tad, the man still maintains the integrity of their sound. In many ways, Kuhr really keeps the structures of the songs afloat. On the Novembers Doom ballad side of things, he is much more personal this time around, and the man really explores his vocal range well. This is definitely Paul Kuhr at his deepest, strongest, and angriest, and all of this works towards Novembers Doom's advantage as a whole.
Overall Impression — 8
On first impression, I knew the new Novembers Doom was going to take me off into some new places. The band has always had an incredible train of thought, and this is definitely a release with plenty to think about. One listen will spark your interest for Into Night's Requiem Infernal, but more than one listen is necessary to sum this beast up. Because there is so much going on in the music, you aren't going to catch every little detail until you let it grow on you. And that is when you'll experience the true beauty of Novembers Doom.