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Review: Question of Madness - The Dark Corners of the Mind
Question of Madness
www.questionofmadness.com
The Dark Corners of the Mind

Label: Lux Inframundis Productions
Year released: 2010
Duration: 49:08
Tracks: 10
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: April 19, 2011
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
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The Dark Corners of the Mind

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This is the debut album for Question of Madness, a Doom Metal band that comprises some members of The Chasm – incidentally released on The Chasm mainman Daniel Corchado's label. The first thing that really hits here are the vocals: clean, somewhat high-pitched, the type of vocals you expect more from a Heavy Metal band with Power Metal leanings. The singer's melancholic and dark style somewhat make up for that and make the vocals a relatively good fit for Doom Metal, though I must say it took some getting used to at first. On a few occasions he uses a deeper, more soothing voice.

The Dark Corners of the Mind is unsurprisingly slow-paced for the most part though it occasionally speeds up a little. There's a bit of an epic vibe without quite getting there, borrowing some of the style from The Chasm but in a very subtle way. The music often alternates a lot between slow, melancholic, even solemn and more galloping bursts that take a bit of the edge off the more depressing doomy style and keeps things interesting.

The songs are quite varied but don't really feel like it when you take the album as a whole – they all flow together very nicely and almost feel like they're as one, making the album feel like a long melancholic trip, though Question of Madness have a thing for inserting those faster passages that'll take make you "snap out of it" and break out the air guitar for a moment before being crushed again by a good dose of slow doom. As far as debut albums go, this is a damn good one.

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