Officium Triste – Reason (Vic Records)

Genre: Doom/Death Metal

The ‘big three’ of British gloom – Anathema, Paradise Lost and My Dying Bride – were always more influential outside the UK than in their home country, and bands like Officium Triste are proof of that.

The Dutchmen released Reason back in 2004, ten years into their career… and that maturity shows in both songwriting and delivery. Ok, it doesn’t compare to the classic early works of Anathema et al, but as a slab of dark, mournful metal, it does cast something of a spell. Silent Witness is majestic, with both Gerard de Jong’s leadwork and Martin Kwakernaak’s synths weaving in and out of the song to stunning effect, and the towering melodies of opener In Pouring Rain are hugely impressive too.

Reason does drag at times – and Pim Blankenstein’s vocals are too gruff to carry off the lighter-weight Sun Doesn’t Shine Anymore. Nevertheless, there’s still plenty to ‘enjoy’ on this opus, if you like your music served by candlelight, accompanied by a deep glass of red wine…Richard Holmes

RUSHONROCK RATED: 6.5/10 Very reasonable