With that information in mind, I gave the album an extra good listen. I have to admit that I was a bit reserved at first. After all, in my opinion, regardless of who's in the band, they're only as good as their latest effort. When this album came in and I saw these names, I tried hard to keep away from the "supergroup" idea. I don't like that term. Yet, I do like this album and I'm sure that many people will agree with me.
Although 'No Starts Upon The Bridge' is mainly a doom metal album, you can discover influences from black metal, melodic death metal and progressive rock. True, the music is mainly slow but it can sting, hurt and gnaw, just like some of your depressive black metal favorites. On the other hand, you can also find some heartbreaking pieces of music. The vocals carry the same level of variation, alternating between clean, grunts and screams.
Then, there are also the poems, accompagnied by gloomy piano. You can almost feel the pain, the descent into a mental and psychologics abyss. You can feel it throughout the entire album. In that aspect, this album is a very creative, intelligent and well executed representation of a mourning process. It's a masterfully crafted tribute to a lost love one and a high quality modern day doom metal album.
If you want names to compare with, you can possibly add the previously mentioned ones, plus November's Doom, Anathema, Paradise Lost, Fen and so on. Fans of melodic doom will absolutely adore this crushing masterpiece. 'Raven's Song' and the soul ripping 'The Maze' are probably my favorite tracks on this album but, as often, this album comes highly recommended to all you doomers out there. This is talent.