Otkroveniya Dozhdya - _Mramornye Tona Otchayaniya_
(Solitude Productions, 2007)
by: Quentin Kalis (8 out of 10)
I do not have a problem with bands releasing albums in their own language, as it is frequently better than the dubious pleasure and unintended humour of badly broken English lyrics. Otkroveniya Dozhdya (Revelations of Rain) are no different from many other Russian acts in singing in their native tongue, but unlike most other projects the band name and title is not rendered in the Latin alphabet anywhere on the album -- everything is written in the impenetrable Cyrillic alphabet. C'mon guys, surely you could have provided a name in English as a concession to us Anglophiles?

Revelations of Rain perform melodic death/doom on _Mramornye Tona Otchayaniya_ ("Marble Shades of Despair"), too oppressive and bonecrushingly heavy to fall under the romantic radar, yet too light to be considered funeral doom, comfortably straddling the two extremes of deathy doom with a delicate balancing act of aggression and melody.

They are not the only or even first band to attempt this balancing act, but are one of the few to avoid falling into gothic melodrama. Not that their music isn't dramatic, merely that it doesn't rely on tired dark pop conventions, but rather on the combination of crushing riffs and soaring keys to create a depressive ambience, whilst their use of melody provides an accessibility without depleting its mournful nature. There are strong similarities with a certain English doom band, but I suppose that comparisons are inevitable regarding a band at this stage of their career performing the music they do.

However, their songs do tend to meander a bit unnecessarily, even accounting for the conventions of the genre, thus losing some of their bite and becoming a tad repetitive. Despite this, it remains an above average and welcome entrant to Slavic doom.

Contact: http://od-doom.com

(article published 15/3/2008)

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