Despite the 30+ minute search for a parking spot, I made it to the Double Door last night to finally catch Novembers Doom after having gotten into the band since January. The band that was playing when I got to the club had this crazy Maiden/Motorhead sound. Great riffs and lead guitar runs like Maiden, but the vocals were too Lemmy-like for my taste. Very cool sound and vibe through. Up next was Novembers Doom, who tore through their set with precision and class. Each band member was in their element and tore it up, both musically and physically. I haven't seen that much hair flying since Evergrey opened for Iced Earth and Tom kept getting his hair wrapped around his guitar. Huge live sound, crushing riffs, and the band is a hell of a lot of fun to watch. The live DVD is going to kill. I had a lot of fun up by the stage rocking out, despite being pegged a few times by the moshing dude. I think someone made this comparison before, but Larry totally looks like Cousin It while he's thrashing about and singing backups with a faceful of hair. Paul's vocals were spot on and it was cool to hear both of his styles throughout the night between the clean singing and the growls. Here's the setlist, though one or two may be out of order: The Pale Haunt Departure Rain The Novella Reservoir Autumn Reflection Silent Tomorrow The Voice of Failure Dark World Burden Drown the Inland Mere Highlights for me were Rain (my favorite track by the band) and the closing combo of DWB & Drown. Gee, can you guess how I like my Novembers Doom tunes to sound? Also a perfect set since I'm more familiar with the last two records and only picked up TWTF a week ago. Thanks to Paul and Larry for taking a few minutes out of the night to say hi and chase down a couple of shirts for me after the show. I can't wait to catch you guys again sometime, though I have to say - find a club with better parking!