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Review: Messa - Feast for Water
Feast for Water

Label: Aural Music
Year released: 2018
Duration: 49:29
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: March 30, 2018
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Feast for Water

Rated 3.8/5 (76%) (5 Votes)

Messa continue their voyage into the more experimental waters of Doom. Now, usually "experimental" is just another word for shit, but that's not the case here. Messa are a highly adventurous band, but they are still definitively a Doom band, and this is a powerfully heavy and original album.

Messa don't sound like any other band, mixing in the crushing heaviness of their guitars with moody interludes laced with acoustic work and piano backgrounds. The band handles the segues from heavy to atmospheric as well as any band ever has, and even when the songs suspend meaning for a long time, they always pay off. The vocals of frontwoman Sara bring it all together, and her haunting voice can croon gently or rise to an almost otherworldly wail.

If I have a complaint about this disc, it's that it has the same problem as the debut in that it does not end strong, but rather sort of trails off, loses momentum, and then just stops. It really needs some kind of unifying element to end the album on a strong, emotional note, and instead it just peters out. Still, when this is good, it is very, very good. For those who like their Doom a little different.

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