|Review: Mar de Grises - Streams Inwards|
Label: Season Of Mist
Year released: 2010
Review online: August 6, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (8 Votes)
With a name like "Mar de Grises", I wasn't expecting to be blown away – in fact I was expecting this to suck pretty bad. Rejoice, for this is actually not bad, assuming you are in the right mood – and that is the key to enjoying this album a bit. This band plays a very melodic brand of Doom/Death that's very soothing, but also very light on the metal – in fact I'd say some songs here aren't metal at all, though they do feel right as part of the album as a whole.
Slow-paced Doom/Death shares the stage with quiet, atmospheric acoustic passages (lots of that) here, and the Doom parts aren't particularly depressing or anything, more like "relaxed" and a little bit on the sad side, but nothing to make you jump off a cliff. The vocals are a tame Death-style growl, with some clean female vocals thrown in (no surprise there...) In the genre I prefer more hard-hitting Doom, but Streams Inwards is a good listen when you feel like relaxing a little on a quiet day. If you feel like getting your ass kicked, then you'll find this boring as fuck – I know, I've tried. ;)
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