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Review: Melancholic Winds - Embraced By Despair
Melancholic Winds
Embraced By Despair

Label: Independent
Year released: 2006
Duration: 22:57
Tracks: 4
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: August 4, 2007
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Embraced By Despair

Rated 4/5 (80%) (2 Votes)

Melancholic Winds is a one-man Black Metal/Ambient band hailing from Canada. There are four songs here, with the fourth being an alternate, shorter version of the third one (call it a hidden track since it isn't listed on the booklet.) The CD kicks off in rather speedy Black Metal fashion (the drumming especially - the guitars are played in a more mid/fast paced style), with an abysmal demented shriek that should scare away anyone expecting some soothing music based on the rather innocent-looking, peaceful cover art. There's a lot of "going back and forth" between mid to fast-paced Black Metal and more ambient, quiet musical passages here, not unusual for the genre, and nothing that fans of this stuff have not heard before.

It's not as much the musical diversity that matters here than the atmosphere it conveys, and Melancholic Winds have nailed that down pretty well, creating a very depressing, melancholic (duh) atmosphere that'll make you want to reach for a bottle of Prozac. Even the faster passages have something viciously depressing about them.

There are a few annoyances here. The last two tracks end up being too repetitive on such a short release, and most of all I found the drumming to be rather uninspired overall, very often going into a repetitive high speed mode that just gets on one's nerves after a while. That aside, the material presented here sure fits the title and the band's name. Not recommended if you're feeling down and are taking a walk on a bridge, but otherwise good if you're into the genre or just feel like listening to some depressing stuff.

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