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Review: Mourn - Mourn

Label: Rise Above Records
Year released: 1995
Duration: 44:33
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom Metal

Rating: 4.5/5

Review online: December 16, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 3.18/5 (63.64%) (11 Votes)

With the modern trend of female-fronted retro-doom bands, along with the recent resurgence of the UK scene, you would think this is a new album, but it's not. This album actually came out sixteen years ago on Rise Above records, and it is startling that it still remains largely unknown.

It's no surprise this was ignored when it came out, as '95 was the heart of metal's Dark Age, and Doom was the last thing likely to get people excited back then. Plus female metal singers were novelty at best in those days, not like it is now. So Mourn were clearly out of their proper time – way ahead of it, as it seems now.

Classic retro riffing in the vein of Cathedral (no surprise there) with strong and emotional singing makes Mourn a defiantly old-fashioned band – only way before it was considered cool to be old-fashioned. If you like bands like Castle or Jex Thoth then the sound of this album will be eerily familiar, as both bands owe a debt to this little-known album. Brooding, gloomy songs with powerful melodies and soulful, tasty lead work. Standouts like "Iron Sky" and "Dreamless Sleep" successfully mix Caroline Wilson's haunting voice with heavy, melodic riffs to create truly gloomy music. This is a lost gem and a must for fans of Doom.

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