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Last Chapter - Paths To Always (8,5/10) - USA - 2002

Genre: Doom Metal
Label: BrainTicket Records
Playing time: 47:21
Band homepage: -

Tracklist:

  1. Paths To Always
  2. A Little Slumber
  3. Three, Two, One...
  4. Dead End Ride
  5. In Time
  6. F. N. G.
  7. The Yard
Last Chapter - Paths To Always
Here I have the second album of Doom-freaks LAST CHAPTER from Texas and it is a lot "doomier" than the a bit psychedelic debut, where SOLITUDE AETURNUS-singer Robert Lower still had been part of. The new man, though, is up to par as well and in some passages you cannot even tell a difference.

There are quite long, viscous, yes almost hypnotic pieces on the album. The riffs are monumental and as sluggish as lava. That this is not stuff for the regular banger should be clear with that. Even people, who like SOLITUDE AETERNUS or CANDLEMASS should be a little stronger of nerves, but once you have opened yourself to the "slow-motion"-world of LAST CHAPTER, you will be entranced by thought-through, complex songs, which do not ignite at first listen. They indeed celebrate their style and are as uncommercial as it comes, but for that also almost without competition.

SOLSTICE have split, we haven't heard from SOLITUDE AETERNUS in a long while and apart from WHILE HEAVEN WEPT or Italians THUNDERSTORM I'd not know any other act that still has this intensity! (Online August 5, 2002)

Ralf Henn



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