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Review: Mourning Beloveth - A Murderous Circus
Mourning Beloveth
A Murderous Circus

Label: Grau Records
Year released: 2005
Duration: 75:00
Tracks: 5
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: October 28, 2005
Reviewed by: 4th Horseman
Readers Rating
A Murderous Circus

Rated 3.86/5 (77.14%) (7 Votes)

Third go around for these Irish Doom/Death metallers, and one that has been receiving quite a few favourable reviews in the press since its release. Mourning Beloveth play doom metal that is not too far away from what one would hear on a My Dying Bride record, although I do have a problem with this release.

There is about 75 minutes of music on this album, all of which crunched into 5 long songs. That is not unusual in this brand of metal however I must add that out of the 75 minutes, there is really only about 20 minutes of worthy and "original" material on here. I have a rather large bone to pick with what Mourning Beloveth have done on this album and this is a horrible habit many bands employ. These guys will come up with great atmosphere, killer riffs, leads and vocals – no doubt whatsoever about it. But they don't have enough for a full length album. On this record particularly, MB take one simple riff, and repeat it on and on and on and on and on for about 6 minutes with no time changes, riff variation or anything whatsoever. And then they will move on to next part of the song. Maybe there is a market for silliness like this, but I for one say that if you don't have enough material for a long player, don't release one until you have enough. Don't just drag a song just to fill space, which is clearly what they are doing here.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with the music these guys play. It is actually extremely enjoyable and I love doom metal of this kind. But this album just stretches the good material too thin with all the repetition and overuse. That is my only complaint and I guess it is a pretty big one. Overall, a good album, but one that loses a couple points due to lack of enough variation in it.

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