|Review: Majestic Downfall/Ansia - Majestic Downfall/Ansia|
Label: Solitude Productions
Year released: 2007
Review online: May 11, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 5/5 (100%) (1 Vote)
Two Doom bands I had never heard before here - Majestic Downfall from Mexico, and Ansia from Italy. Majestic Downfall is Doom/Death, while Ansia is more Doom/Black with some ambient mixed in. This is one of those splits where you can clearly hear the differences between the two bands, as they sound nothing alike. Majestic Downfall's Doom/Death is very similar to some European underground bands in the same genre - slow to mid-paced with a good dose of melody popping up all over in what is otherwise more gloomy and heavy. The Death-ish vocals are low and deep growls with a slightly raw edge to them. Even though the atmosphere is doomy (no surprise there), the melodic passages have a little positive edge to them, so this is not overly depressing - just halfway there.
Ansia is a different story, with some very melancholic ambient passages that make a dark rainy day feel like a sunshine in comparison. The music is definitely more Black Metal with Doom undertones - the guitars have that more or less low-fi Black Metal style, but they keyboards and drums follow more of a Doom beat, for a very good result of crushing, mindfucked heaviness. Same for the vocals which come directly from the Black Metal world: tortured rasps that make the songs sound even more like a slow motion trip down to hell. Part II is fully ambient, with a suspense/horror feeling through and through. Just as Mahestic Downfall's material has some positive-sounding parts, Ansia's is about as negative as it gets - there's no light at the end of that tunnel, that's for sure.
Neither band appears to have a full length, but if they're able to deliver the same quality of material as can be found on this split, it's going to be a worthy purchase. In the meantime, this one is definitely worth checking out.
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