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Dark Sadness : Art & Solitude (Re-release)


Unearthing past releases doesn't always uncover hidden gems, as this '96 re-release from Mexican band Dark Sadness demonstrates.



Dark Sadness is a Death/Doom band from Mexico. This album is a re-release of the one they put forth in 1996. I can only assume that this means the band is back together although a cursory glance around the Internet suggests that they're split-up. Oh, the mystery(!)

I hate to be the party pooper here but I'm not sure why anybody would go to any great length to re-release this album. I like to be positive where I can but I genuinely found this entire release to be little but painful. I'm sure some people will be fans of it somewhere but it's just not my cup of tea at all.

Basically, I think that almost everything about the album sounds cheap. The vocals are not at all powerful and they're ill-suited to the music played. The keyboardist appears to be playing his own songs in the background. Everything sounds very wooden and forced, and almost everything sounds very low in the mix. A combination of the above transforms the more "emotional" or "heartfelt" segments into utterly ineffectual aspects, thus losing the atmosphere altogether.

The only thing I found on 'Art & Solitude' that I liked was the guitar work. Most other aspects of this release did absolutely nothing for me. Take the track 'Dark Sadness', for example. To me, this track takes the slower parts of 'Mother North' by Satyricon, prolongs them to an unnecessary degree, adds the odd guitar solo, and then has some mumbled vocals along the way. To me, that's not a song composition; it's a mess of jumbled elements that might work in other scenarios but combined, they fall flat.

Also, I can't really discern what direction the band are trying to go in on this album. If it's a Death/Doom release - which is the closest moniker I can give it - then what are the randomly sang vocals about? There's not enough atmosphere for the slower sections, and I don't think there's enough intensity for the faster sections. I'd be interested to know where Dark Sadness wanted to take this album because I just can't work it out.

I actually feel quite bad for being so harsh here. Recording an album is not a two minute job so they've obviously put effort and time into 'Art & Solitude', which I have complete respect for. However, I've got to be honest - this is one of the weakest albums I've heard in many years. I genuinely wish I could be more positive but this album does next to nothing for me.


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Reviewer's rating: 3/10

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Tracklist :
1. Intro
2. Out Of Focus
3. Evil Inside
4. Dark Sadness
5. Pain & Passion
6. Art & Solitude
7. Dark Sadness (Acoustic)
8. Nothing To Hold (Bonus track)

Duration : Approx. 35 minutes

Visit the Dark Sadness bandpage.

Reviewed on 2018-08-04 by Ian Morrissey
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