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Review: Mythological Cold Towers - Sphere Of Nebaddon
Mythological Cold Towers
Sphere Of Nebaddon

Label: Sound Riot Records
Year released: 1996
Duration: 44:14
Tracks: 10
Genre: Doom/Death

Rating: 4/5

Review online: February 8, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Sphere Of Nebaddon

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

This is a band I have had my eye on for awhile, as they are supposed to be pretty good. MCT are a Doom/Death band from Brazil, which is not normally where bands like this come from, but I won't complain, as this is a fine album.

Musically this is heavy, powerful Doom/Death in the vein of pioneers like earlier Paradise Lost or Anathema. The impressive thing about this disc is not only how well-produced it is, but how varied and mature the songwriting is for a debut. Sure, they play slow, but they also speed things up here and there, digging into some good old-fashioned deathcrunch, and they leaven the slower, funeral parts with lots of melody to keep things interesting. Lyrics, as you might guess from the tracklist, as gloomy and overwrought, but that's what you expect from Doom bands.

The cool thing about this disc is that it is just as occult and inaccessible as the title would suggest, and those who love Doom for its obscure, arcane themes and sounds will not be disappointed. This was released in 1996, but was re-pressed as recently as 2002, so it's not all that hard to find. Fans of more modern Doom sounds like Runemagick should not overlook this fine band.

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