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Review: Autumnia - In Loneliness Of Two Souls
In Loneliness Of Two Souls

Label: Griffin Music
Year released: 2004
Duration: 58:53
Tracks: 6
Genre: Doom/Death

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: March 4, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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In Loneliness Of Two Souls

Rated 5/5 (100%) (1 Vote)

It's been a few years since I listened to Mourning Beloveth's Dust, so the comparison may not be accurate, but this album reminds me a little bit of it.  This is some slow, melancholic and sorrowful Doom/Death, with mostly growling vocals mixed with a cleaner but quite harsh and tormented style.   Heavy metallic riffs meet a more melodic style, sometimes going all acoustic.  Unsurprisingly, this is pretty slow-paced overall albeit not overly heavy - it makes you feel down, but not pinned to the ground in the process.  Slow soothing melodies are often accompanied with a zest of crunchy guitars, with deep vocals half way between clean and growls providing a certain level of abyssic darkness - "At Eternal Parting" is a good example of this.  Various atmospheric elements are also tastefully added just in the right places.  The songs here are quite lengthy, the shortest between a little over 9 minutes, and the longest just short of the 14 minutes mark, long enough to lose yourself into the song and forget everything else around you. 

Despite an overall depressing aura, there is a little hint of a uplifting sound scattered here and there on the album, which makes for an interesting combination and prevents the album from being too depressing.  I guess the best comparison in terms of feeling or mood would be that this is the soundtrack to a rainy Sunday afternoon, but knowing that the next day will be sunny (OK, the next day being Monday may not help that much, after all...)  I don't know if this is doomy enough for Doom aficionados, but as an occasional listener of the genre I found this well worthy of a place in my music collection.

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