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Review: Abstract Spirit - Tragedy and Weeds
Abstract Spirit
Tragedy and Weeds

Label: Solitude Productions
Year released: 2009
Duration: 68:11
Tracks: 6
Genre: Funeral Doom

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: January 4, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Tragedy and Weeds

Rated 3.63/5 (72.5%) (8 Votes)

I liked this band's last album, the brooding Liquid Dimensions Change, but I have to admit this one is not getting my rocks off. Funeral Doom is very dependent on atmosphere, and I just can't get caught up in this album. This is slow, and heavy, and has some really arresting passages, but too much of it is just bland, without any real musical ideas besides being slow. The one place where they really do something new, the closing track "Sepulchral Winter", they added these backing horns that are horrendously out of tune, playing hideous off-key blats and bleats that make the song actively painful to sit through. Maybe it was an attempt to evoke something disturbing or nightmarish, but there is a fine line between making something uncomfortable and making it unlistenable. This is not a bad album, but it is not as good as the last one.

Track Listing:
  1. Tragedy and Weeds
  2. Funeral Waltz
  3. Crucifixion Without Regret
  4. Face the Nightmare
  5. Wrapped in Solitude
  6. Sepulchral Winter
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