The 11th Hour is a new doom metal band/project. The main guy behind this record is Ed Warby. We all know him from drumming with bands such as Gorefest, Hail of Bullets, Ayreon and Demiurg. I never knew that Ed is a multi instrumentalist; besides the drums he takes care of all the guitars, keyboards and bass parts. And believe me, he has done a good job indeed. Who is the singer then? Ed even took care of the clean vocals and you can hear that this isn't a natural thing for him to do, but it is far from bad either. Just for the grunting he hired Rogga Johansson (Edge of Sanity, Paganizer, Ribspreader, Demiurg), those who are familiar with him know that he isn't a bad choice.
This album has everything a doom album must have; slow riffs, high clean vocals varied by low grunts and of course superb drumming parts. The songs are very good and the singing lines are o.k. The only thing that could have been better is the clean singing of Ed. More expression and more emotions in his vocals would have made this an even better album. The only thing 11th Hour isn't doing, is something new. It is just doom and nothing but doom. No new things to be heard, just music in the vein of Candlemass, old Dying Bride, Isole and Solitude Aeturnus.
A job well done and those who are doomed know what to do!