Now defunct Doom metal band, Warning, were a four piece hailing from the United Kingdom. The band met with great critical success, quickly gaining a cult following within the doom genre, releasing merely two albums in their fifteen year career. One of these albums would go on to become an instant classic, receiving indelible amounts of praise. Said album, "Watching From a Distance," is a deeply confessional story of love and loss. This is a rare occurrence where the underlying concept is actually crucial towards the album's success. Everything plays so perfectly with the deeply depressing and emotionally gut wrenching narrative, that it simply cannot be ignored.
"Watching From a Distance" is a beast of an album, both in terms of depth and breadth. Thematically and musically, the album is incredibly absorbing, making for an all around immense piece of work. The guitars are dense, the drums are heavy, and the vocals are completely evocative. The band works as a whole, not as separate instruments, making the band seemingly work like an ever evolving organism. Everything works together perfectly, making a really cohesive and solid sound. The guitars are tuned rather low, and churn, rather than "shred." This helps things move rather slowly, which in this case is great. The slower tempo creates a gloomy and depressing atmosphere, and allows for a very provocative tone to permeate the record.
With this release Warning have clearly crafted a masterpiece. "Watching From a Distance" works like a living, breathing organism, where each aspect is vital to the "life" of the album. Those who experience it will have a difficult time forgetting it!