You take one of the grandfathers of doom metal and let them do acoustic versions
of four of their classics; "Misery Shows Act II", "Flowers", "Rain" and
"Requiem", and what happens?
They show that the songs work in this environment as well; they get a whole new
vibe and freshness to them. To spice things up they have recorded two brand new
songs as well: "7:00 A.M." and "Smile", and even though they do never reach the
same high standard that the classics do, they are still OK. They have put the
plug back in on the four bonus tracks that originates back to 1992 and have been
dug out from the bands archives to complete the album.
'Unplugged' marks the end of an era; vocalist Eric Wagner is blessing us with
his vocal acrobatics for the last time (for now) in
and he has always been the centre of attention and one of the best vocalists in
doom metal. And he does leave the band on a high note, and his shoes will be
hard for Kory Clarke to fill...
An interesting release that shows a new side to a sadly much overlooked band. I
really like the new acoustic versions, but this album is strictly for die-hard
doom fanatics and
fans, not much to gain for anybody else!