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Review: Mourning Beloveth - Dust
Mourning Beloveth

Label: Independent
Year released: 2001
Duration: 61:03
Tracks: 5
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: May 13, 2001
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 4.2/5 (84%) (10 Votes)

Well this sure is a change for me as this is my first Doom-Death album. I don't know much about Doom Metal but I'm told it's supposed to be depressing... Well, Mourning Beloveth sure succeeds with this first full-length album. Hailing from Ireland, the band was formed in 1992 and after releasing a couple of demos presents this self-financed album.

Clocking in at 61 minutes with 5 tracks - track 5 is 18 minutes long but that includes a few minutes of silence before an hidden track. The silence could be cut down to a minute as far as I'm concerned but they're not the only offenders in that category. Minor detail.

The music. Slow and heavy, with a mix of clean and growling vocals - extremely good job on the vocals by the way, listening to this it seems like everything comes to a halt, very weird depressive feeling. On a few rare occasions, things speed up a *little* bit introducing some pretty good guitar riffs. Beside the fact that this is way too depressing for me, musically and vocally this is a very good album, very competent musicianship, and the singer has an excellent control of his voice, really reaching for the listener. In fact I found the vocals to be a key player in giving the album this feeling of everything coming to a halt as I mentionned before. The lyrics also go along with the music, definitely not dealing with happy stuff. I'm not expert on Doom Metal, but my impression is that those guys know how to do it! Quite an introduction to this genre, but this is not my stuff at all. However, if you're into Doom, you owe it to yourself to check this band out.

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