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Dysphorian Breed : The Longing for the Rain (Compilation)

The complete works of Dysphorian Breed to date, reissued as a double CD, prove enjoyable.

'The Rain of Ash' was the second offering from Swedish one man band Dysphorian Breed, in 2014, when they also released 'Longing for the Tides of Metamorphosis'. This new release features both these albums and single 'Voafal'. Once again, David Fredriksson provides vocals, guitars, bass and programming on this Death/Doom project.

Let's start from the 2nd CD as the first album was already reviewed by Mark. You can read it here.

The first song 'I Remember Things' starts off with a thundering snare fill. You expect it to go into a fast-paced opening, but it switches to a laid back synth with cellos and melancholia-filled melodies. Completely not what I expected, and at first it threw me a bit, but the song soon sways to and fro. Big synths are at the forefront, and the vocals are deep, very guttural and accompany the music gracefully.

I find the leads a bit disjointed in parts. Rather than lead the music on, for me, they confuse certain areas of the structures. However, this is only on some parts. Each song is over the 10 minute mark, so plenty to get your palette wet. Atmosphere is a key ingredient to the music and I would have liked to have the guitars a bit louder: more in the rhythm section, just to give it a little bit more bite.

Piano is used in some parts, cleverly, and it accompanies the music and gives it an extra dynamic. When used, the twin harmonies on guitar are great, and more of this would have taken the music higher. 'Shards of Glass' towards the end features a good example of this.

Sometimes wanting more might not be best: maybe just sit back and enjoy the ambience on display. I, however, felt the synth pads used are kind of the same throughout each song. The possibility to switch these in future songs could be a bonus. Sounds and balance are an effective tool when working with ambient music, so I would encourage Fredriksson to challenge himself to be more adventurous and experimental.

The drums don't do anything to excite your taste buds. They just kind of follow the songs rather than drive them. The problem now, with so many one man bands, is we are in danger of losing the identity of each instrument. Yes, they can play each instrument to a certain level, but having someone who is really schooled in their work surely would benefit the whole production. This is something to consider.

Anyway, I enjoyed this, and will be spinning it in the car over the next few weeks. The production is tight and everything is allowed to breathe. Nothing is squashed or hidden away. The bass adds a nice warm rich sound as well. Whilst not stretching your imagination, it's still well worth a listen and more promising times, I feel, are ahead.

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Reviewer's rating: 8/10


Tracklist :
Disc 1: 'The Longing For The Tides Of Metamorphosis':
1. The Tides
2. The Longing
3. The Metamorphosis
Disc 2: 'The Rain Of Ash':
1. I Remember Things
2. Shards of Glass
3. The Rain of Ash
4. Till Doomsday Do Us Part
5. Voafal

Duration : Approx. 92 minutes

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Reviewed on 2016-07-16 by Riccardo Veronese
Aesthetic Death
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