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Rich but unmemorable doom,
This review is from: Ghosts of Loss (Audio CD)
Lyrically tuneful guitars segue with ballsy axe-wielding barbarian rock. The juxtaposition is repeated with the vocal contrast of stereotyped strained growls and rarer tuneful singing, general changes in pace, and heavy poundings on a broad complex drum kit versus subtler tapped beats. There's a cinematic synth and piano supporting the fuzzed echoic guitar backdrop with a few windy or choral samples stirred into the rich (if repetitive) mix too. However, overall it comes over (to me) as over-worked. It's a bit pantomime, without the over-the-top charm mastered by Bal Sagoth. Despite their labour, it lacks the compulsive draw of Mastodon's Leviathan (though it doesn't disappearing as far into wasted artfulness as Green Carnation's Quiet Offspring). The good heavy nuggets of purer metal are too disjoint to satisfy. Disappointing given these doom-heavy Finns reputation.