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Review: Elegeion - The Last Moment
The Last Moment

Label: Dark Symphonies
Year released: 2005
Duration: 40:01
Tracks: 7
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: November 5, 2005
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
The Last Moment

Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)

This album has been stuck in my CD player for a while. Not that it rules above all, but it's one of those albums you don't really get tired of, whether you're attentively listening to it or just using it as background music. "The Last Moment" is not strictly Doom Metal; the label's tag of "Classical Black Doom" is quite fitting. With two absolutely non-metal songs ("Scars" and "Taste"), the use of cello and violin as well as some Black-ish raspy vocals and a very melancholic doomy atmosphere, the album does borrow a bit from each of the three genres.

The vocals are shared between mainman Anthony (who also assumes guitar and bass duties) and female singer and pianist Dieudonnee. He does the raspy stuff while she handles the clean vocals. I don't know why but as soon as she starts singing on "Scars", I can't help but think of the female singer in the pop/rock band Roxette(!) Her voice is one of the highlights of the album. I usually wouldn't be so forgiving of such a large percentage of an album being "non-metal" (this is a metal site, after all), but Elegeion have managed to make all this variety flow pretty well from beginning to end. It took me a couple of listens to really start appreciating the album, but after that I was hooked. The album flows from Doom/Black to classical and back without skipping a heartbeat, with a constant melancholic atmosphere that can either be depressing or just "beautiful" (for lack of a better word) depending on your mood. I wouldn't go as far as to say this is genre-defining, but it certainly is a fine album, and a nice catch for Dark Symphonies.

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