Mirror of Deception - _Mirrorsoil_
(The Miskatonic Foundation, 2001)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
Some serious doom metal faithful to the old ways is what these Germans have to offer. I am not much of a fan of that genre, but as I heard the first riff and sorrowful lead of opener "Asylum", I was immediately interested. The clean vocal style was predictable, and with time it does sound appropriate for the music. The production, however, is a strange affair. It is strong and heavy, but not very clear and really fails when it comes to the drum's treble sound. Still, it doesn't entirely ruin the album, as Mirror of Deception prove to be very adept at this Candlemass-derived style. Then again, the band was apparently formed more than ten years ago, even though they have only an EP and a full-length album to their name besides this new full-length. Personally, I would have expected something more remarkable from such an experienced band, but this is nonetheless a very competent and honest-sounding disc that will please the old-style doom metal aficionados even if the production could have been a lot better.
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