The Mist and the Morning Dew - _The Mist and the Morning Dew_
(Independent, 2003)
by: Pedro Azevedo (7.5 out of 10)
This self-released debut EP by The Mist and the Morning Dew boasts some interesting connections in the Finnish doom metal scene by featuring ex-Unholy vocalist Veera Muhli and Shape of Despair guitarist Jarno Salomaa, as well as Finntroll bassist Sami Uusitalo. In addition to the similarities with Shape of Despair in the guitar department and Unholy in the vocals, this female-sung doom affair also brings a more metallic version of The 3rd and the Mortal to my mind quite a bit. Ultimately TMatMD are heavier than T3atM but nowhere near as heavy as Shape of Despair, of whom they inherit only some of the guitar style -- bearing in mind that Shape of Despair's other guitarist, Rapture's Tommi Ullgren, is not part of TMatMD. Overall, the band is still able to claim an identity of their own in spite of the similarities with the aforementioned bands. On the downside, the somewhat withdrawn vocal style may require some getting used to, while the production could use some improvement. Some violin is also used, but fails to make much of an impression. On the other hand, the melancholic guitar leads and forlorn female vocals get along very well, and the music is very pleasant throughout. Anyone into Shape of Despair, Rapture and female-led doom bands should check out this band.


(article published 13/5/2003)

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