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Review: Endless Journey - Endless Journey/Melancholy
Endless Journey
Endless Journey/Melancholy

Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Year released: 2009
Duration: 42:31
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom Metal


Review online: August 27, 2010
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
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This release is made of two recordings. Endless Journey is a six tracks demo from 2008; Melancholy is a two songs EP from 2009. Endless Journey is a Russian duo with Dark Suicide on guitars, bass and vocals, and Dark Depression handling guitars, drums and samplings.

With only two musicians on board, one can easily think this is a black metal act. Well, I would not really call them as such, even if their music bears similarities to that art. The vocals for example, are halfway through harsh and rasps. The music has a depressive/melancholic vibe commonly found in European bands. Then you have the nice combination of distorted guitars vs. clean arpeggios. This is a bit hard to categorize, but I'm tempted to call them a doom metal duo. The pace is usually moderate and that melancholic depressive edge is omnipresent, while a melodic feel keeps gracing the compositions. In quite a few places you can hear calmer parts and instrumental breaks. Also, three instrumentals are included in the track listing. I can decipher a bit of electro-acoustic guitar on track #2, "Sorrow". On these two instrumentals, "The Cold Part 1" and "The Cold Part 2", you get some keyboards too. I prefer part 2 since it includes juicy guitar riffs. The Melancholy EP is full of melancholic tones, much to my liking. "Melancholy" is one of those long lasting pleasure to discover on this EP, and it is an instrumental piece. Many good elements appear there such as clean guitar work, ambient keys and cool time signatures.

To sum up, Endless Journey/Melancholy is a pretty good compilation from Russia.

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