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Mournful Gust : The Frankness Eve

I must admit that I do not understand the semantics behind Mournful Gust's name. How can a gust be mournful? If I were to take a wild guess then I'd say that this refers to an autumnal breeze as perceived by a mourning subject. As an alternative, and, in my opinion, more interesting, interpretation then this could reflect a exhaled breath containing an ever so slight sob. Unfortunately the band isn't all that proficient in English which makes it possible that I am completely wrong. I have similar interpretation problems in regards to the album title, but again I'm willing to make a guess. I suspect that "frankness" is here meant to mean 'honest', but the semantics of the word 'frankness' has a stronger implication of being straightforward than the semantics of 'honest'. Hence the evening - or Eve, if it refers to the girls name - of frankness holds less respect for one's emotions than an evening of honesty; where one could imagine an evening in solitude, where the person in question has to take a stance towards something and has to be honest to himself or herself about what he or she feels about this something. If I am correct about this then the choice of words - despite that the title is ungrammatical (it should have been typed 'The Eve of Frankness') - is perhaps not as improper as one might initially think.

The reason for the focusing on the bandname and the album title is that I suspect they might deter some listeners from giving the music a chance. That would have been a shame because it is obvious to me that the music is highly developed and of equally high quality. To a certain degree it follows a My Dying Bride path, but to an even stronger extent it draws on the medieval folky doom metal of Chalice and the mournful doom/gothic of Dis Pater. In fact Mournful Gust's vocalist Vladislav Shahin sounds almost identical to Andrey Sheglov from Dis Pater. The vocal style demands some patience before they can be properly appreciated. When that is achieved, however, I find that the vocals fit the music perfectly. The music has a tendency to get somewhat playful, but the vocals add the strong touch of melancholy and romantic sorrow that is needed to drag the music down to a more somber level. Before I end my description of the sound I feel I need to state that the band utilizes several additional instruments including flute and piano. Moreover, they use them well.

Mournful Gust has existed since 1999 and even so most of the members have taken part in other bands before that. With 'The Frankness Eve' the band show that they know how to put that experience to good use. Their combination of atmospheric doom/gothic and melodic doom/death might be too melodic for some, but I would still recommend this album to the romantic doomster. One should expect something more original than a Peaceville Three clone, though. To those who already own the album, have you noticed that all the really negative words in the tracklist has been marked with a black spot on the back of the cover? I have no idea as to why...

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. A Pain To Remember
2. It's Our Own Tragedy
3. To Your Deceits... Again
4. From Illusions And Jealousy
5. The Cold Solitude
6. With Every Suffering
7. Honey For My Wounds
8. Recover Me In Sores

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes.

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Reviewed on 22-06-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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