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Review: Little Dead Bertha - In Memorium Premortis
Little Dead Bertha
In Memorium Premortis

Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Year released: 2007
Originally released in: 1998
Duration: 47:40
Tracks: 9
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: February 8, 2008
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating
In Memorium Premortis

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

In Memorium Premortis is a re-mastered and reissued version of the original work dating back to 1998, which happens to be the band's debut effort.

One of the elements of Doom Metal that I really enjoy is the crushing guitar riffs, often beefed up by the bass and/or multi-tracks recording. Well, this album suffers from a lack of this muscular string effects. I feel the bass is too strong compared to the somewhat subdued and dry distorted guitars. In the end, the whole sound turns out to be a bit dull. On the other hand, the music itself is generally sad and depressive, suiting the musical genre this band has chosen. Clean and growl male, and female vocals make up the vocal department. Apparently, drum machines were used but they could have fooled me since they sound real good. The best part of In Memorium Premortis has to be the nice musical interludes and the frequent use of the violin throughout this recording. Two of my favorite numbers are the instrumental called "Intro" and the title track. "Intro' has a symphonic/epic edge while the other has a pleasant duo involving clean guitar (bass?) and violin with some wind and rain samplings. Little Dead Bertha sometimes sound a bit progressive like can be witnessed on these good compositions: "Your Fate is Pain" and "Dreams Now Comfort for Defunct."

In Memorium Premortis has nice musical breaks but I would have hoped for more crunch in the rhythmic department.

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