Doom metal can be some of the most satisfying music to listen to- sometimes all you really want or need is a nice low riff that just envelops everything around it. Trees delivers on the classic doom metal formula of low end minimal riffs and slow crushing drums. Not a lot of new ground is really covered, but that doesn't stop this from being a fun listen if you can appreciate the heavier side of things, and maybe not take the vocals too.... uh, seriously. Two similar long-form tracks make up "Lights Bane" -"Nothing" and "Black". The band is pretty direct here, and the titles aptly describe the nihilistic sounds within.
One thing that really struck me is hearing just how much the band is holding back. Moments like the last few minutes of "Black" let the listener know that these guys are fully capable of synching up for some serious Sabbath-esque rock outs, but they just choose not to for the majority of the album- which makes the droning minimal sections all the more intriguing. It's a good debut from a band that's worth any doom fan's time. Their follow up is set to be recorded in January '09. 8/10 -- Charles Franklin (3 December, 2008)