Mournful Gust - _For All the Sins_
(BadMoodMan Music, 2013)
by: Chaim Drishner (1 out of 10)
If anyone would be at all interested in my stance on this album, please go read my review of Wine From Tears' _Glad to Be Dead', and just switch band origins from Russia to Ukraine. Other than that, this line of inconsequential, dual vocal, melodic, romantic, jolly and sweetly unbearable albums seems to be mass-produced in the same factory, on the very same production line, one after the other ad nauseam, otherwise I can't figure out why they all sound the exact same -- and not in a good way, either.

Again, the same bubble gum tunes of false melancholy and forced heaviness that sounds goofy at best, struggling to float upon the surface of its own mediocre inoffensiveness, with some misplaced electronic gadgets and endlessly boring powerless riffs that drag from now to eternity, the listener is left unscathed, if not totally untouched by these slow-to-mid tempo guitar masturbations that produce no climax in their lack of direction and clarity.

_For All the Sins_ is one of those conformist, 'safe-zone' albums you just swallow in one gulp, leaving no mark and having no added value whatsoever, not to mention anything like a challenging listening experience or a sense of mystery, god forbid.

Not a single box on the roadmap to failure was left unchecked with the writing and recording of _For All the Sins_: uninspired melodies, check; lack of power and dynamics, check; weak song writing capabilities, check; lack of originality, double check; and so on and so forth.

As harshly critical as this review may be, I do see a definite potential in there and I genuinely wish Mournful Gust the best of luck with their future efforts, however this album is one I won't be returning to -- ever again.


(article published 2/3/2014)

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