Mourning Beloveth - _Dust_
by: Pedro Azevedo (
If the fact that a band with a name such as Mourning Beloveth has just recorded their debut full-length at the Academy Studios with Mags as producer doesn't ring a bell (or a whole lot of them), then you should probably skip to the next review. Otherwise, you can surely guess _Dust_ brings back strong memories of early My Dying Bride and Anathema. _Dust_, "a true Irish tragedy", is a crushingly heavy, mournful doom/death dirge comprised of five tracks that last for a total of about an hour. Mourning Beloveth combine sombre clean vocals with a majority of harsh death vox, and add that to the massive sound of their instrumental side. Dismal and bleak, _Dust_ is also an emotional record (though not exactly in a romantic way) that is not concerned with being innovative or experimental, but simply compensates that with quality. _Dust_ reminds me think of Enchantment's _Dance the Marble Naked_, but not because the music is particularly similar (_Dust_ is much slower). Enchantment's only record became, for various reasons, quite a cult album in the doom metal underground -- but either underrated or simply unknown outside it, and the band disappeared shortly after releasing _DtMN_. Here's hoping that Mourning Beloveth will have much more of a fair opportunity to succeed at a higher level.
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