Mental Home - _Vale_
(The End, 1997)
by: Adam Wasylyk (
After concluding two or so listens to _Vale_, I could honestly say that what had entered my ears left them in a real hurry! Having a mostly doom sound (a slight comparison could be made to Napalm act Visceral Evisceration), it's combined with black metal vocals (used only occasionally) and second-rate My Dying Bride lyric/music influences and comes off sounding disjointed with no real flow or hooks to latch on to. It sounds as if Mental Home just took a bunch of influences and threw them together, which can result in something sounding different but it can also come out sounding jumbled and plain confusing. You wanna buy quality doom? There are many great albums waiting in your nearby store or mail order catalog, but it certainly isn't in the form of _Vale_.
(article published 10/3/1998)
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