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Review: Gloomy Sunday - Beyond Good And Evil
Gloomy Sunday
Beyond Good And Evil

Label: Solitude Productions
Year released: 2007
Duration: 50:51
Tracks: 9
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: August 23, 2007
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
Beyond Good And Evil

Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)

Well I wondered why no doom band had ever named themselves or an album after the so called 'Hungarian suicide song' of Rezso Seress from 1933, and now finally they have. This song for those who aren't aware, when originally released, was the supposed cause of a spate of suicides soon after the listeners had finished listening to it, rendering it too depressing for broadcast on the majority of local radio stations in fear of further deaths. Anyhow, Gloomy Sunday the band aren't exactly the most depressing out there that I've heard, but their lyrical topics do range from medicinal depression treatments, the undead, to a rather un-pc usage of real 9/11 sound footage of the planes hitting the world trade centre, replete with screams, news reports and general hysteria that came with it as samples thoughout the opening track 'Living Dead at the Tradecentre Morgue'. So that'll go down well with a lot of people no doubt(!).

Musically, Gloomy Sunday are a really sludgy combination of Electric Wizard, Raging Speedhorn, early Crowbar and Eyehategod with flourishes of Sabbathian riffage here and there. The guitars are saturated in distortion, with a huge presence of fuzzy bass crackling amongst the wails of feedback and warm, buzzing guitars. However, the letdown on this album is the vocals for me. The guy sounds like the vocalist of one of those awful sub-core bands such as The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge and the like, flattening the music into blandness with his dull one-dimensional yaps and wails at the forefront of it all. I'm sure there are some great songs on here, but it's hard to give them the time they probably deserve to sink in when you really can't get your head around the vocals which are nestled in between just about every riff on the album. So, therefore, this album is wedged firmly into the 'try before you buy' section. An OK album that due to one major factor, could've been a lot better in my opinion.

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