|Review: Mourning Dawn - Mourning Dawn|
Label: Total Rust Music
Year released: 2007
Review online: March 10, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)
This the debut for Mourning Dawn, which is a French band featuring some of the guys from Inborn Suffering. Obviously, you can tell these guys are not heavily into happy-happy music. This is not too far removed from the gloomy doom/death vibe of that other band, but on the whole, I think Mourning Dawn are more interesting.
This is like Doom/Death that isn't downtuned, and with the drier sound that gives this, it has almost a depressive Black Metal feel in places a la Forgotten Tomb. Combining some tremolo riffs with the heavier Doom riffs and adding some groovier gloomy sounds in the vein of Agalloch creates an interesting mix that is hard to really pin down, but it's quite original without leaving the Doom paddock altogether. The riffs on here are good to very good, and I was caught up in this despite my intentions to skim over it. Mourning Dawn keep turning corners and pulling out interesting transitions and catchy hooks that keep you interested. Just about the time you start thinking 'this is going on a bit long' they whip out something new and odd and you get pulled right back in.
Inborn Suffering are good, but their slavish imitation of Doom/Death's pioneers limits their potential. Mourning Dawn are a much more inventive and interesting beast, and I hope to get a lot more stuff from them. Fans of depressive BM like Shining or Forgotten Tomb as well as fans of Doom/Death like Morgion or even Agalloch should definitely check this out. Highly Recommended.
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