|Review: My Shameful - ...Of Dust|
Label: Firebox Records
Year released: 2004
Genre: Funeral Doom
Review online: March 3, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
This is funeral doom as it should be - heavy, deathly and dirge-like, recalling classic Bethlehem, Deinonychus and even country-mates Skepticism, with the odd hint of earlier My Dying Bride spattered here and there. The main comparison (to my ears at least) is Deinonychus' latest album 'Insomnia', where Marco Kehren's vocals took the more deathly approach, as apposed to his inhuman shrieks and wails of old. It's no wonder that Finland is in the top ten of world suicide rates judging by this abomination, it really is ultra depressive, painting a bleakly black landscape of complete despair and sorrow.
Whispered, croaking, reverb swamped lowly spoken vocals are sporadically placed between bestial roars, sounding like a man on the verge of insanity. A lifetime of woe is encapsulated within the simplistic melodies made by both guitar and organ-like keyboards, which lay like a shroud over the low tuned, slow and chuggy riff work. Unlike a few bands in the doom scene, these guys really know how to set a completely devastating ambiance and tone, with a lyrical perspective of a man on the edge of suicide and almost rapturous in the hopelessness of his life.
The track 'Your Darkness Shine' is a modern masterpiece, so slow and wrenching, crawling like a snail through wet concrete with the weight of the world on its shoulders, slowly sinking in the grey ocean of regret and self hatred. Poor snail. If this sounds up your street, you MUST seek this album out, but a friendly warning before you press play; make sure you hide all the sharp objects in your surrounding area…
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