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Review: Corvus Corone - Abandoned in Spring
Corvus Corone
Abandoned in Spring

Label: Syrup Moose Records
Year released: 2023
Duration: 1:17:17
Tracks: 5
Genre: Funeral Doom

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: February 16, 2023
Reviewed by: Mjölnir
Readers Rating
Abandoned in Spring

Rated 3.6/5 (72%) (5 Votes)

You'd think that a genre as extreme as Funeral Doom would be hurting for variety, but while it's not as diverse as others, there's still a surprising amount of approaches that can be taken. Corvus Corone are definitely on the lighter end of the genre, with their latest album, Abandoned in Spring, being closer to ambient post-rock acts like Godspeed You! Black Emperor than anything like Theregothen or Skepticism. As you'd expect, the music is very laid back, moody, and minimalistic, often focusing on a single melodic idea for minutes on end through tracks that stretch over 20 minutes. This kind of stark and patient approach requires a very strong grasp of mood to prevent it from getting boring, but sadly, sole member White Willow only has a pretty good grasp, capable of making stirring melodies and maintaining a consistent gloomy mood while also stretching it all far too thin, causing the compositions to meander and lack proper shape. Fans of more ambient projects will probably like this more than I do, since it makes for good background music and does have feeling and atmosphere, but it's a bit too loose and mellow to be consistently engaging on closer listens.

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