Whoa oh! Now this is some fucking doom metal. Damn near funeral doom, and released before Thergothon’s Stream from the Heavens, one of the albums and bands credited with inventing the funeral doom genre. Some would say the first, but that’s not what we’re here to discuss.
Paramaecium hail from Australia and while today Australia is a rich land of incredible metal bands, it was less so in 1993, and I can only imagine even less slow, crushing doom bands, and this shit is fucking crushing. To my ears it’s slightly more dirty death metal than doom but when they go from the harsher, more gritty death metal style into the slow dirges, it’s fucking breathtaking. Such a good flow from such extremes and the slower, doom parts are fucking heaaaaaaaavy. The first song even kicks off with an amazing operatic female vocal part which makes you think you might be in for a more gothic or dreary album, but then it’s full on crushing. I can’t believe this isn’t more widely known or spoken of.
It’s a Christian album based on the story of Christ. Which may not be surprising if you knew that the drummer Jayson Sherlock went on to be the sole creator and member of Horde, one of, if not the only Christian or “un-black” metal bands that anybody every gives any praise to. Horde’s first album was actually pretty good and so is this Paramaecium album, I don’t really give a fuck what they’re singing about. It’s not subtle at all but unless it’s some hateful, racist, homophobic, nation socialist bullshit, I’ve got no problem and I don’t even want to get into the whole “can extreme metal be Christian themed” discussion. Just know that this album fucking kills it, and was killing the doom/funeral genre back in it’s infancy. That deserves some respect and recognition.