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Review: Raventale - Bringer of Heartsore
Bringer of Heartsore

Label: BadMoodMan Music
Year released: 2011
Duration: 40:03
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom/Black


Review online: November 20, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 2.78/5 (55.56%) (9 Votes)

Fifth disc from Raventale, who have been producing an album a year for the last four years now. This band is really just the one guy called Astaroth Merc, who handles all instrumentation and vocals himself; like LON from Hellveto or Alex from The Ruins of Beverast. I thought the last Raventale disc, After, was their most solid recording to date, so since this one is very much like After, but with better songs and longer, I like it even better.

Raventale sound more and more like Moonsorrow with every disc, albeit without the huge epic sense or Pagan direction. Raventale maintain a gloomy Doom sensibility that remains undeniable, even as the riffs and melodies get more accessible and catchy. This disc is full of smooth, tremolo riff-work and an expansive, moody atmosphere that carries it along quite easily. This is not a really dark or demanding album, and in fact it does remind me more than a bit of Hellveto works like Neoheresy - big, hooky, rolling riffs and melodies that create a tapestry of sounds and moods. This is a really powerful and enjoyable album, and any fan of Pagan or slightly doomy Black Metal should check it out.

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