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Mourning Beloveth - Dust (9,5/10) - Ireland - 2001

Genre: Doom Metal
Label: Brón Records
Playing time: 61:03
Band homepage: Mourning Beloveth

Tracklist:

  1. The Mountains Are Mine
  2. In Mourning My days
  3. Dust
  4. Autumnal Fires
  5. All Hope Is Pleading
Mourning Beloveth - Dust
First of all let me begin by saying this is a DOOM-Metal-MASTERPIECE. This album is as good (if not better) than anything by early ANATHEMA, early PARADISE LOST or MY DYING BRIDE.

Sadness is written all over this album, every riff, every melancholic vocal, it all comes together in perfect unity to create this deep atmosphere of doom (hence the genre). As with many bands from this Emerald Isle, MOURNING BELOVETH have a distinct and unique sound which distinguishes them from all those in their genre. With MOURNING BELOVETH it is the clean vocals. They show pain and a deep contrast with the gruff vocals creating two very distinct feelings, one of despair and the other of anger.

The instruments are well played, especially those slow memorable guitar riffs and solos. The solos convey a feeling of the atmosphere in the same way the vocals do and the riffs flow slowly and perfectly. Acoustic guitars are occasionally used and again are to great effect in further enhancing the tranquil atmosphere of mourning.

"Autumnal Fire's" in particular is a track of outstanding genius, with its ranging emotions and moods. Sadness, despair, anger all found here expressed with passion only found in these great Irish bands. This track - and indeed the album - is the best I think the genre of "Doom Metal" has to offer.

If you are a fan of Doom Metal do yourself a favour and pick this masterpiece up.

Niall Kennedy



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