|Classic Review: Memento Mori - Songs For The Apocalypse Vol. IV|
|Songs For The Apocalypse Vol. IV|
Label: Black Mark Productions
Year released: 1997
Genre: Doom Metal
Review online: September 29, 2005
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
for:Songs For The Apocalypse Vol. IV
Well, after Messiah Marcolin threw a producer out a window for trying to tell him how to sing, he was left without a band in the early 90's. Not for long, though. He and former Candlemass guitarist Mike Wead got together and cooked up Memento Mori, another great Doom band. Memento Mori cranked out four great Doom Metal albums over the next four years, and though Messiah is now back with Candlemass, never count a Doom band out.
It's funny, but to my ears this sounds much more like the 'new' Candlemass album than that album sounds like the old Candlemass albums, if you get my meaning. As if "Candlemass" the album, was a continuation of this album, and not of "Tales Of Creation." This is heavy, riff-laden old-school Doom highlighted by Wead's melodic lead playing and, of course, by Messiah's unmistakable operatic presence. Really, for this generation, who else is the voice of Doom? Like the new Candlemass stuff, this sounds very little like the mystic pounding of the Candlemass of old, but is still excellent Doom music with great riffs and awesome vocals. What else do you really need to know? Heavy and catchy, and highly recommended.
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