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Review: Inborn Suffering - Wordless Hope
Inborn Suffering
Wordless Hope

Label: Sound Riot Records
Year released: 2006
Duration: 63:29
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom Metal


Review online: March 1, 2007
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 1/5 (20%) (2 Votes)

This is the debut for Sound Riot Records' new Doom signing, Inborn Suffering. With a cliché name like that I was not too excited to get this, but actually this is a quite impressive Doom album, even if it is hardly groundbreaking.

Inborn Suffering play a melancholic variety of Doom strongly reminiscent of My Dying Bride's early years or a more melodic Paradise Lost. The have the expected ultra-heavy riffing, but they leaven it with a lot of melodic interludes with piano, flute and violin to create a moody, dark soundscape of brooding despair. Vocals are harsh, but the music overall is more depressive than aggressive, and they mix in some nice female vocals on the album strong-point "Thorn Of Deceit". Other nice bits are the tuneful "Monolith" and the instrumental closer "The Affliction Corridor."

Overall this is a strong album, with excellent production and some very good songs. Not all the tunes can hold your interest the whole way, and a weakness of this album is that it is just too darned long. Inborn Suffering aren't making anything new out of their influences, but they flash a lot of talent and potential, and this is an enjoyable album for fans of deeply melancholic music very much in the vein of Doomdeath's old guard. A very good album from a band who could be great someday.

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