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Dead Summer Society : Visions from a Thousand Lives

Dead Summer Society earns some extra points considering that it is an one- man project.

Dead Summer Society is a Goth/Doom project from Italy. The project is a solo effort from Mist, the guitarist with How Like A Winter. This is their first full-length release after a 2010 demo, the instrumental 'The Heart Of The Autumnsphere.

The album is characterised by the variety in singing styles: these range from death growls and reach black shrieks, from spoken words to clean gothic vocals, but they also feature female vocals, sometimes ghostly narrations in Italian and sometimes clean singing without any to my surprise operatic elements. The music is dominated by guitars that range from an almost acoustic clean sound to heavy, razor-sharp riffs and by keyboards that sometimes fill the gaps, enhancing the atmosphere, and sometimes lead the songs, creating an ethereal and mystical sound.

However, it isn't all great as Mist uses programmed drums and my dislike for that empty, cold, digital sound is only surpassed by my hate for salt and vinegar crisps.

If you asked me to pick the highlights, I would choose the songs 'The King's Alone', 'Down On You', 'Within Your Scars' and the surprisingly trippy 'The Way'. Overall this is not a bad effort and earns some extra points considering that it is an one-man project. Sometimes it feels a little too genre-derivative, but it will please fans of Katatonia, The Gathering and My Dying Bride. I wish them luck and I expect to see more from them in the future, but most importantly I expect their next album to include a real drummer.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Explicit
2. I Met You in Heaven and Hell
3. Shadow I Bear
4. The King's Alone
5. Down on You
6. Her White Body, From the Coldest Winter
7. Last Winter I Died
8. The Way
9. Within Your Scars
10. Unreal
11. I Fade
12. Army of Winter (March of the Thousand Voices)

Duration : Approx. 60 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-05-06 by Dimitris Plastiras
Vanha - Black Lion
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