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Review: Transiency - Manqualm

Label: Gentle Exhuming Records
Year released: 2007
Duration: 21:04
Tracks: 5
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: October 1, 2010
Reviewed by: Adam McAuley
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Melancholic doom metal in the vein of My Dying Bride is to be found with Transiency. There is also a hint of Amorphis circa Tales From the Thousand Lakes because the work has a slight groove to it reminiscent of that album. Unfortunately, the band doesn't have the time to fully flesh out a work of that magnitude with only about twenty minutes of playing time. It would be interesting to see the band further develop some of the limited ideas they've given us here.

Despite this, Manqualm puts forth catchy and appealing rhythms throughout. There is a certain charm to the proceedings that carries everything along, though there could be more depth to be found. The outfit has enough passion, now they just need to create a more involved overall listen. Doom metal fans looking for a quick fix might find the most to appreciate with Transiency. The riffs are straightforward, but emotionally wrought so a connection can be made with the music. Really, the band gets things going from the transition of the intro into first normal song "The Fatal Godsend" and keeps the momentum going over the remainder of the short EP-like length of the album, though nothing overly stellar ever seems to occur.

Manqualm is thus a solid release that could use more fleshing out, but carries a passionate punch. I found it to have some tendencies to borrow from bands like My Dying Bride and Paradise Lost, but remain distinct enough to separate the outfit slightly from the pack. There is still a lot of room for improvement and I hope for a more complete album in the future.

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