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Review: Autumnia - By the Candles Obsequial
By the Candles Obsequial

Label: Griffin Music
Year released: 2006
Duration: 45:27
Tracks: 5
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: March 16, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
By the Candles Obsequial

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

This album borrows several elements from its predecessor In Loneliness Of Two Souls , although I find it a bit lighter, pushing the melancholic aspect a little further and favoring the atmosphere, semi-symphonic sound over the metallic shredding found on the aforementioned album.  The vocals are varied, from low and heavy Death growls, to clean male vocals, to clean female vocals - which after several listens I still think sound a little out of place, but not bad per se. By the Candles Obsequial is really a sad-sounding melancholic trip that feels like a long car trip under the rain - it's relaxing, gloomy and after a while you want it to end (curiously not really in a bad way, unlike the car trip.)  The guitars and drums are rather relaxed, fitting the mood of the album, although I would have hoped for a little more punch anyway.  A few outer-space-ish and even 70ish sound effects are scattered here and there - weird, but interesting.  Atmospheric, tame and a tad too melancholic, if you want some ass-kicking Doom you'll have to look elsewhere, but if you want something "quiet", this should do the trick. Not bad, but In Loneliness Of Two Souls is more my kind of thing. 

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