Mythological Cold Towers - _The Vanished Pantheon_
(Firedoom Music, 2005)
by: Pedro Azevedo (
Listening to Brazilian act Mythological Cold Towers, I couldn't help
but wonder what to call their style. Upon visiting their label's
website, I found a suitable answer: "battle doom". Having been around
for almost a decade, I had heard their name before; yet this was still
the first album of theirs I was hearing, so I didn't know what to
expect. _The Vanished Pantheon_ is an epic sort of doom/death metal,
strangely imbued with a bellicose feel. Its pace is relatively quick
for something coming out on Firebox's doom metal sub-label Firedoom,
with keyboards used throughout for atmosphere and bombast. The
songwriting aims high, with lengthy tracks that attempt to follow
interesting paths. For all its attempts at creating grandiose pieces
however, MCT don't succeed on every occasion -- for instance, opener
"When the Solstice Reaches the Apogee" is quite good, but then "Tula"
is rather annoying with its repetitive nature. Meanwhile the
production job isn't bad, but it isn't as clear as it could have been,
with some of the keyboard effects and clean vocals also leaving
something to be desired. When they get it right, MCT are able to
create some interesting and potent sequences; but unfortunately there isn't enough of that on _The Vanished Pantheon_ to make the album really stand out.
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