Amber Tears - _Revelation of Renounced_
(Stygian Crypt Productions, 2006)
by: Quentin Kalis (8 out of 10)
Amber Tears describes their debut album as "pagan doom metal". The thought of My Dying Bride crossed with Finntroll flittered through my mind, and apprehensively I had a listen to this CD, which thankfully was more orthodox than the horrendous hybrid of my fervent imagination. However, the pagan adjective does not appear to be justified -- perhaps the Russian lyrics relate to such topics, but apart from several welcome folk melodies (especially on "Under the Fields of Ages") and a field sample laden intro, their links to pagan expressions are tenuous.

Misleading, but also irrelevant, as either way this is fairly impressive doom debut. Amber Tears utilise a template of performing sublimely melancholic leads with deceptive ease over downtuned doom riffage, complemented by synths in the right places -- not too far removed from mid-era Anathema, and likely to appeal to fans of the same. Despite its overwhelmingly melancholic tone, there is an edge of upliftment, as if to suggest that there is hope and not just ceaseless despair. It's a wise choice, as this helps them to stand out from their compatriots who are desperately attempting to out-doom one another.

The drums do tend to sound a bit hollow, and clean vocals would probably suit their musical style better, but on the whole it remains a welcome entrant by a band that is sure to receive much exposure in the West -- even if the album is called _Revelation of Renounced_.


(article published 24/8/2007)

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