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As the Flowers Withers
 
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As the Flowers Withers

1 Jan. 1992 | Format: MP3

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This is a very difficult album to review in a balanced way. 'As the Flower Withers' is undoubtedly an influential, atmospheric slab of unique death/doom, yet it is also undoubtedly a dated, poorly recorded slab of haphazard death/doom, wherein lies all its charms and repellants. As the first MDB album it clearly has a few songwriting wrinkles that are yet to be ironed out, but those idiosyncracies made the album a milestone in the early development of the genre. As such, it sometimes works very well and sometimes quite poorly, and has dated in a way not unlike doom/death peers Anathema's 'Serenades' album, also released in the early '90s. We thus end up with an album that sounds much older than its release date, which is only partly intentional.

The combination of instruments and the atmosphere that they generate make 'As the Flower Withers' sound like a blast of foetid air from the Middle Ages. Vocals are always gruff, tortured, and ragged; however, this rarely renders them indecipherable, except when they are pronouncing Latin words (I am assuming a limited general knowledge of Latin), which is naturally an aging factor. The guitars are heavily distorted, very deep (MDB were one of the first bands to regularly tune down to C and below), and are usually utilised at minimum pace, which seems to exaggerate an everyday toil and struggle that wouldn't be out of place in your average labourer or (I'm going by the lyrics here) monk. The slow riffs are more emotionally than physically crushing, playing in a mournful, melodic style, usually with both guitars contributing layers of the riff.
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As The Flower Withers is MDB's first full length album and maybe, like me, it is the last piece of the jigsaw in terms of exploring the bands early history. Turn Loose The Swans turned a corner and was a massive breakthrough album but in actual fact ATFW has some real charm to it despite being rather poorly recorded and lacking a decent production.

This album has only death metal vocals on it, which works on most of the tracks but is a limiting factor in some respects. There is definitely a real medieval vibe on this album and you can just imagine the knights going to battle with the backdrop of majestic castles etc. For me, The Return to the Beautiful is one of the standout tracks alongside The Bitterness and the Bereavement, both of them are like a musical journey and twist and turn with some killer riffs and atmospheres. The violin stands out as a real trademark of the band here and really adds to the mournful and dark atmospheres.

Probably not an album to buy if you are new to the band, I would go for something like The Dreadful Hours, Like Gods of the Sun, Turn Loose the Swans or maybe even the latest album Feel The Misery which encapsulates all that MDB are about. So, one for the ardent fan but nevertheless a worthy part of the collection!
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