|Review: Until Death Overtakes Me - Days Without Hope|
|Days Without Hope|
Label: Marche Funebre Productions
Year released: 2009
Genre: Funeral Doom
Review online: December 12, 2010
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
for:Days Without Hope
Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)
Until Death Undertake Me is a solo project, the work of multi-instrumentalist Stijn Cauter. No, this is not another black metal act, even if the cover art might mislead you into thinking that way.
Days Without Hope clocks in at 74 minutes and includes just six compositions. To get directly to the point, this release is pretty much what its title implies: hopeless and depressive. Long-lasting tracks (seven to fifteen and even twenty minutes) that are mostly slow in tempos, many including long musical breaks. In fact, this album can almost be considered as an instrumental work. The vocals are discreet growls that bear a certain ghostly feel in some instances. They are more of a spoken, but undecipherable, nature. Lots of ambient and orchestral keyboards can be heard on this album. Distorted leads and crushing riffs form the basic metal elements. Little percussion is present, and I presume they are programmed since no drums are listed in the instruments Mr. Cauter plays. The overall feel of this music is melancholic, depressive, haunting and ambient, all of which done while maintaining a melodic level at all times. I must say that I found some parts over-lasting like on "This Dark Day". My favorites are "They Never Hope" and "Departure".
This is funeral doom with lots of ambience and a cool melodic side.
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