‘The Longing For The Tides Of Metamorphosis’
Self-released, August 2014
The debut release from Sweden’s Dysphorian Breed – a one-man project from David Fredriksson – is a triumvirate of slow, regal and at times spectacular doom metal. Blending aspects of death, funeral, sludge and epic, ‘The Longing For The Tides Of Metamorphosis’ consists of three 11-minute songs that have many virtues and a few debutant flaws.
Fredriksson’s music is a platform from which glorious, gothic choirs send out their heavenly hymns, and his deep, sinister growls are an ugly counterpoint to these synthesized moments of beauty. There is an interweaving disharmony between the rich guitar tones and the extravagant keyboards that creates beauty and tension, although the pattern becomes slightly predictable at times.
Strangely, opening song ‘The Tides’ keeps stopping between sections as if taking a breath. If used just once or twice, these pauses might be considered an effective tool, but repeating them so often becomes a distraction. Thankfully, the inelegant arrangement that afflicts the first track does not tarnish the second and third.
On ‘The Longing’, Dysphorian Breed’s languid death-doom is embraced by warm, dense synthesizers that sound like they came straight from a 1980s movie set. The song’s spine is a straightforward ascending riff, which is interspersed with sludgy nastiness, including clattering bass drum and snarling groove, to create a cacophony that is straight out of the pits of Hades. It’s all meshed together into a cohesive and pleasing composition.
Opening with a great, memorable riff, the third and final track, ‘The Metamorphosis’, has a genuine, invigorating sense of emotional release and musical catharsis. As ever surrounded and embellished by the grandiose keys, the guitars weep and sway to begin with. Then, temporarily at least, the gothic drama subsides and anger and attitude come to the fore, making this the most varied, intriguing and unpredictable of the three.
Fans of keyboard-driven funereal doom will not find too many surprises here, but will be satisfied with the quality and patience of Dysphorian Breed’s debut. The songs do not quite reach the high pinnacles that they sometimes threaten to scale, but with a little more complexity and experience added to the mix, ‘The Longing For The Tides Of Metamorphosis’ could yet be the start of something great.