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Review: Amber Tears - Revelations of Renounced
Amber Tears
Revelations of Renounced

Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Year released: 2006
Duration: 43:20
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: April 2, 2008
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
Revelations of Renounced

Rated 3/5 (60%) (2 Votes)

Pagan doomsters Amber Tears formed back in 2002, seemingly bursting onto the scene without demos, instead only having one appearance to their name on a Gods Tower tribute CD in 2005 before this, their debut full length was released in 2006. From the very beginning, the stage is set by the intro with soft chirping birdsong caressing your ears, and slow melancholic guitar lines ebbing softly along side, before bursting into a Moonsorrow sound-a-like shortly afterwards when the album truly kicks into gear with the second track.

There also similarities to early Anathema (the growled vocal work is especially reminiscent of Darren White), as well the odd touches of folky melancholy similar to that purveyed by fellow Russians Temnozor (also, all the lyrics are in Russian, which adds an extra aura of mysticism for me as I don't speak a word of the language!). There are also touches of My Dying Bride daubed here and there, with slow, dirge-like passages emanating their utter dejected sorrow with all the power and emotive force of the very best doomsters ever to have plugged in an electric guitar. However, the most interesting point for me is the fact that it's not all doom and gloom — there is a surprising uplifting theme running through a lot of the tracks (possibly through the strong folky influences that fluently flow forth), with such topics as love, loss, pain, nature and joy all precariously balancing on a knife edge of emotional harmony throughout the runtime of the album.

So, this is quite a rollercoaster ride of different sensations, all effortlessly weaved together in a seamless fashion. Revelations of Renounced is undoubtedly a highly impressive album which takes you on a journey through the gamut of emotions, stopping short of diving too deeply into the oceans of gloom which always lap keenly at the listener, without flooding in too invasively. I'd certainly recommend this for any fans of Gods Tower or mid-period Amorphis, and I for one will definitely be keeping an eye on the future of Amber Tears.

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