Count Raven seem to be hailed has a forgotten or overlooked traditional doom treasure, lost in the wake of their fellow Swedish doomsters Candlemass or Katatonia. Speaking of Candlemass, that’s the sort of traditional doom vein that Count Raven plays in, albeit with a little more rock and roll swagger. The music is overall good and there are some catchy as hell songs on this album but what really interested me about this band is that instead of plodding through traditional doom lyrical territory with songs about archaic religions or fog filled cemeteries, their focus is on current events, well at least current for 1990. There’s a song on this album about the Berlin wall among other political observations. I’m not sure if there are other doom bands that take such political stances and maybe Count Raven is doom metal’s closest thing to a protest band, but it’s an interesting approach.

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