I’ve developed quite the fancy of early 90s doom at the moment. It was spurred by reading an old Iron Fist article about the making of Saint Vitus’ criminally underrated ‘C.O.D’ and ‘Die Healing’ records. Having been mainly a fan of the classic ‘Born Too Late’ and the more recent ‘Lillie: F-65’, they were two albums I had kinda missed. I gave them a spin and thoroughly enjoyed them, and I went on a journey…
Between the two, I think ‘C.O.D’ pips it for me, with the gloriously morose title track and the bleak stomp of ‘Planet of Judgment’. I followed this up with Candlemass’ superlative ‘Epicus Doomicus Metallicus’, which is admittedly 80s doom but hey, who’s counting? After that it was Trouble’s ‘Manic Frustration’, and my new favourite; Solitude Aeturnus’ epic and vast ‘In the Depths of Sorrow’. Then I was really hooked.
You know that moment when you look at your music collection, and there is all of a sudden, a vast gap where a classic or essential record is missing, but you only just realised it?. That’s what happened to me. I have, well HAD, no Solitude Aeturnus records. I love this band, yet all I had was some downloaded version from years before. So I scoured the internets and finally, I now own ‘Beyond the Crimson Horizon’ on CD. And it was a very reasonable price too, which is apparently very rare. Hooray!
The important point of this blog piece is that it’s important to revisit albums from the past. You never know what you’ll find, or what place they’ll take you. I always find that listening to a record you haven’t heard for a while, or haven’t heard before outwith the context of its release, its much more enjoyable.