Tears of Mankind - _Silent Veil of My Doom_
(Solitude Productions, 2008)
by: Quentin Kalis (7.5 out of 10)
The last I heard from Tears of Mankind was the debut album, _Without Rays of Hope_, which I condemned for its lack of consistency. I missed his sophomore album, but the improvement between this and the debut is marked. Still the brainchild of Philipp Skobelin, it is apparent that he has improved as a songwriter, and whilst he doesn't depart too much from the motif of the debut, even including another Akira Yamaoka cover ("Silent Hill" composer -- Phil must really love his PS2) the album flows as easily as a stream after the winter rains. The result is a much more listenable and entertaining album. The growls are pretty standard; the depressive clean vocals meet the usual low standards. The usual one-man problems emerge, such as rudimentary drumming -- not that the riffs will make Yngwie fans salivate, but they don't feel as if they were composed and performed by someone who picked up a guitar six months ago. This won't be a classic, not even amongst the Russian doom scene, but it is a significant improvement.

Contact: http://solitude-prod.com

(article published 24/2/2009)

10/16/2007 Q Kalis 6.5 Tears of Mankind - Without Ray of Hope
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