Johan Ericson is best known from DRACONIAN, not really the happiest band on the earth’s surface, but with his solo-project DOOM:VS he has taken the next step in creating depressive, mournful music. And just as is desirable, the six songs present are long and as such have enough time to unfold the deep emotions enclosed by Ericson.
Everything on “Aeternum Vale” helps create the atmosphere of doom and melancholy. The incredible deep and emotional growl is perfectly combined with the very slow yet beautiful guitar riffs. Bleak keyboards complete this setting of Doom. But what DOOM:VS really sets apart from similar bands is the great lead-playing on the guitar, many songs climax with crystal clear solos that are full of emotion and truly seem like a culmination in expressing the emotions that were build up in the earlier parts. Also, a song like “The Faded Earth” uses clean vocals and spoken parts that sound brilliant and add some welcome variety over the deep growl.
Everything surrounding this record oozes doom, from the great song titles to the amazing melancholy-drenched musicianship. It is the record by and for someone truly defeated in life. Much recommended for fans of MORNING BELOVETH, THE PROPHECY and MY DYING BRIDE.
(Online October 24, 2006)