|Review: Mausoleum Gate - Into a Dark Divinity|
|Into a Dark Divinity|
Label: Cruz Del Sur
Year released: 2017
Genre: Heavy Metal
Review online: August 12, 2017
Reviewed by: Luxi Lahtinen
for:Into a Dark Divinity
Rated 4.67/5 (93.33%) (6 Votes)
I remember being totally sold when I got to hear Mausoleum Gate's self-titled debut album; a Finnish Heavy Rock/Metal band that really knows how to capture the seventies and early eighties Metal sound into their sound. When I reviewed that album for the site, I made comparisons to such names as Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, early Scorpions, early Priest, and the like.
Worry not as Mausoleum Gate's follow-up record, Into a Dark Divinity, isn't a compromised effort. Mausoleum Gate still want to swim in those murky and mystique waters of 70s Mellotron-driven sound, probably more than ever before. I found it rather interesting how they have divided their new songs: both short and straightforward, and lengthy epic songs.
The album starts off with an eerie, almost epic ballad called "Condemned to Darkness," which actually is one of the better songs on the album. Mellotron's presence is mesmerizing, as always. Then we get "Burn the Witches," which is a short and way more rockin' up-tempo song with a very 70s vibe. After this, we are sunk into murky and mystique waters once again. "Apophis" offers some of the band's heaviest material to date, with a nice psychedelic twist.
After the first half, Mausoleum Gate's gear is set for a nearly power ballad-esque mood, with a true 70s spirit. "Horns" comes as the second to last song, and it's time to get rocked again. On "Horns," early Deep Purple meets early Priest, sort of, and the result cannot be bad.
The best is saved for last as we get the epic title track that lasts over 10 minutes. "Into a Dark Divinity" is built up almost like Led Zeppelin's biggest hit ballad, "Stairway to Heaven." It starts off with beautifully sung vocal lines supported by acoustic guitars. After a few minutes, it bursts into beautiful and atmospheric instrumental work. Imagine a crimson horizon, which eventually slowly just fades away, like mist in a grass field in the morning.
Into a Dark Divinity is an impressive and mesmerizing follow-up record from these Finnish worshipers of vintage Rock and Metal.
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