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Endless Voyage X
Those Whom Time Forgot
Type: CD
Company: Independent
Release: 2017
Genre: Black
Reviewer: Greg Watson
Published: 6/5/2017
Doomy black metal that is not meant for speed listening
Endless Voyage X' sophomore release "Those Whom Time Forgot" is an interesting monster. While using the genre of black metal as its base, the album tends to delve more into the doom metal realm with really slow, melancholic guitar that is backed by slowed down drumming and mournful vocals. I find that the slowing down of your typical black metal riff really lends more bleakness and cold atmostphere that black metal works so hard to channel. Another thing with the album is that in order to really appreciate what Endless Voyage is doing here, you have to listen to it from start to finish. You won't really gain a true appreciation for the work put into the songs if you just listen to one or two tracks and then move on. I quite enjoyed the album and the nuances used in creating this slower brand of doomy black metal and look forward to more releases from this band in the future.
About this Writer:
Greg Watson // Greg Watson has been hooked on the loud and heavy sounds since the summer of 1994 when he first heard the opening notes of "Operation: Mindcrime" by Queensryche. Since then his tastes have expanded and grown like the ever evolving heavy metal tree of genres. He has been an active member of Maximum Metal off and on for 10 years. In his spare time, Greg enjoys deciding the fate of his loyal subjects in the realm of Skyrim and secretly playing air keyboard to "Separate Ways" by Journey when no one is watching. He currently resides in Roanoke, VA with his wife and his metal wannabe beagle.

Maximum Metal Rating Legend - Click for Full Details
5 Excellent - Buy it and say a prayer to the metal gods that you were tuned on to this masterpiece. A classic.
4-4.5 Great - Almost perfect records but there's probably a clunker or a lacking somewhere to keep it from perfection. You won't feel bad about dropping some bones on these.
3.5 Good - Most of the record is good, but there may be some filler. This is the OK range where you'd search for the record on sale or used.
3 Average - Some good songs, some bad ones at about a half/half ratio. Could show skills but be dull overall. Redeeming qualities for indy bands are effort and passion. Majors that don't try or suck outright end up here.
2-2.5 Fair - Worth a listen, but best obtained by collectors. There is much better metal out there.
1-1.5 Bad - Major problems with music, lyrics, production, etc.
0 Terrible or an otherwise waste of your life and time.

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