Longing for Dawn - _Between Elation and Despair_
(Grau, 2009)
by: Pedro Azevedo (8 out of 10)
Canadians Longing for Dawn are back with four more tracks of rather uncompromising funeral doom. They incorporate sparse ambient elements into their sound, but stay away from the drone trend, ultimately keeping their sound grounded in relatively traditional territory. The only real exception happens during the first three and a half minutes of the closing track, with its sombre background chants.

Their previous album _A Treacherous Ascension_ left no doubt that this was a band to be taken seriously, and _Between Elation and Despair_ does nothing but reinforce that impression. The music is dead serious, slow and heavy, but with enough musical nous to remain expressive. They also know how to stay away from clich├ęs, which helps keep the experience intact. _Between Elation and Despair_ is one of those albums you can lose yourself in -- just don't approach it when you feel like headbanging. The music is thoroughly morose and depressive, though not on an even remotely whiny sense, and never allows the listener any respite with a more rocking, aggressive or upbeat passage.

_Between Elation and Despair_ is an album for funeral doom purists to enjoy, but while it is bound to leave more casual listeners a bit cold, this is a band that deserves kudos for the integrity of their approach and the quality of their work.

Contact: http://www.grau.cd

(article published 15/4/2009)

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