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Review: Mourning Dawn - For the Fallen
Mourning Dawn
For the Fallen

Label: Total Rust Music
Year released: 2009
Duration: 68:59
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: October 23, 2009
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
For the Fallen

Rated 3.5/5 (70%) (4 Votes)

I enjoyed this band's self-titled debut album several years ago, and so I was pleasantly surprised to get this new one. Mourning Dawn started as a side project of Laurent from Inborn Suffering, but seems to have become its own entity over time. This album is even more depressive and bleak than the last one, verging even further into that blackened Doom school that has grown up over the last five years or so.

For The Fallen is very extreme, and in fact I think in places it is too extreme, doing it simply for the sake of it. Laurent's vocals are a tortured howl of despair, the riffs are slower, and the atmosphere is gloomier and less melodic. Overall I find this an atmospheric and affecting release, but I think they went a bit too far in the name of being depressive, sacrificing too much of the harder edge that made their last one so interesting. If you are one of those who think that nothing is too extreme for despair, then this will be an album to treasure. But if you think that despair must be leavened with songwriting structure to maintain narrative interest, then you may find this a bit much, as I did.

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