|Review: Helevorn - Forthcoming Displeasures|
Label: BadMoodMan Music
Year released: 2010
Review online: April 25, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 4.09/5 (81.82%) (11 Votes)
Solitude Productions, and their sub label BadMoonMan, continue their quest to unearth every obscure Doom band on the European continent. Sometimes they sign mediocre bands, but they also put out some really cool stuff, and this album is one of their good finds. Helevorn are a Spanish band, and this is actually their second album of slightly gothy Doom/Death. Stylistically there is nothing new here, as this is very much in the tradition of bands like Novembers Doom or Swallow the Sun, all deriving from the old days of Katatonia or My Dying Bride. Helevorn are highly melodic, and the majority of their vocals are cleanly sung, with frontman Josep Brunet wielding a dark, low voice highly reminiscent of Funeral's Frode Forsmo. The riffs are slow and often quite beautiful, sometimes really getting up a head of steam. This album does fall prey to the usual faults of being a bit too long for no real reason than to be long, but for fans of the style, this is a solid bet.
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