Mourning Beloveth - _The Sullen Sulcus_
by: Pedro Azevedo (
Irish doomsters Mourning Beloveth are back with the follow-up to their
commendable debut _Dust_, this time with a record label behind them.
Opener "The Words That Crawled" sets the pattern for the rest of the
album: slow, heavy doom metal with pronounced riffs and sorrowful
guitar work, tortured guttural vocals and despondent clean vocal
passages. With Mags again at the production helm in the legendary
Academy Studio, Mourning Beloveth virtually guaranteed _The Sullen
Sulcus_ would be bestowed with a powerful, well balanced sound that
would fit their British doom metal roots perfectly -- and so it
happened. Despite their band name and having plenty in common with My
Dying Bride sound-wise, Mourning Beloveth's brand of doom metal is not
particularly romantic and certainly not orchestrally enhanced on _The
Sullen Sulcus_ -- a case where the album title tells more about the
music than the band name. Either way, Mourning Beloveth are one of
those doom bands that simply do not allow the listener to even raise his eyes from the ground for the duration of the disc, and
that sort of consistency tends to score highly with doom connoisseurs.
Such is the case on _The Sullen Sulcus_: accompanied by excellent doom
vocals and percussion, miserable guitar harmonies follow slow
bone-crushing riffs in a cycle that renews itself over and over again,
digging a grave ever deeper in which all hope is buried. _The Sullen
Sulcus_ is a more accomplished album than its predecessor, with the
band showing more consistency and stronger ideas; Mourning Beloveth
have not yet reached the level of My Dying Bride or Evoken, but they
are certainly getting closer. Until then, _The Sullen Sulcus_ is more
than just another highlight in what's been a fine year for the
genre: it is the best doom metal I've heard this year.
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