|Review: Mythological Cold Towers - Immemorial|
Label: Cyclone Empire
Year released: 2011
Review online: December 3, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
I wasn't even sure this band still existed. I have always had affection for Mythological Cold Towers – their overwrought debut album was just charming in its sheer dedication to gloom, and they have improved steadily over the years. But with their last album, the excellent Vanished Pantheon, released waaaay back in 2005, I was pretty sure they'd given up the ghost. I'm glad to see that is not so.
Not as experimental as their last disc, Immemorial is just a straight-up slab of this band doing what they do: heavy, brooding Doom/Death. No gimmicks this time out - no clean singing, no acoustic or piano interludes - this is an album that sounds classic without being cliché. An impressive and bleak atmosphere hangs over this like a storm cloud, and the band successfully creates their imagery of lost races and fallen ages of man. The songwriting is rock-solid, the production is pro, and the vocals are a workmanlike if unspectacular growl that manages some real drama here and there.
If you liked this band's old albums, you will like this. If you like Doom/Death you will like this, as it is a superior album in almost every way. If you are into November's Doom but could do without the self-indulgence, then this is an album for you.
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