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Review: Mar de Grises - The Tatterdemalion Express
Mar de Grises
The Tatterdemalion Express

Label: Firebox Records
Year released: 2004
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: October 3, 2004
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
The Tatterdemalion Express

Rated 2.91/5 (58.18%) (11 Votes)

As I said, there's a right and a wrong way to do Doom. This would be the wrong way. Mar De Grises are a Chilean band and this is their debut, and while it does have some interesting ideas, it fails in the execution.

When some bands aim for epic they hit boring instead, and that is what Mar De Grises have done. They hit boring right square on. Take the first track here, the stupefying "El Otro…". It open up with grunts and some crunching guitars…and then degenerates into seeming ages of motionless acoustic muttering and keyboard tedium. It picks up again later and plods out some more riffs and growls, and then it just stops rather than ends. That's pretty much the pattern for the whole album. The second track starts up with some actually good riffing, and then again just sinks into a tedious wallow of shapeless bullshit. I cannot express how annoying this CD is, as it shows flashes of promise here and there, which the band then proceeds to completely ignore. The songs are shapeless masses of wankery with nothing memorable about them at all except that they are all irritating to one degree or another. Mar De Grises have an eclectic and adventurous sound, but their songwriting stinks on ice. There is potential here for this band to evolve into something interesting, but right now, Mar De Grises are just dull, dull, dull.

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