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Sorrowful Land : I Remember

Ukrainian solo project Sorrowful Land return with a triumphant sophomore full-length Funeral/Death/Doom release.

'I Remember' is the second full-length release from Ukraine's Sorrowful Land. Most places suggest that this is a one-man band (Max Molodtsov) but the inlay for this release indicates that there were a number of contributors. Whether a solo or collective effort, however, I like the maturity that is more than evident on 'I Remember'.

No, I couldn't honestly say that this is a unique or special release. What it is, however, is composed, methodical, and consistently good quality. It's very easy to see that a great deal of effort and structure has gone into this release. Each track tells a story of pain in a very patient and emotional manner. The clean vocals utilised match the music perfectly and the sombre undertones reflect the mood of the release well too. Again, everything is done in a very polished and accomplished manner, which is a bit surprising for a band on its second full-length. The harsh vocals fuse with the atmosphere superbly too in a very Until Death Overtakes Me way.

The song titles seem excessive and the lyrics are a tad depressive. Musically speaking, though, this is a fine release. I'd loosely compare 'I Remember' to Nortt's earlier releases in terms of pace, layout, and soaring guitars, although the key differential is that Nortt created a far darker atmosphere. With Sorrowful Land, the impression I get is one of emotion and contemplation rather than darkness. There's regret, yes, but not hatred. Both illustrate a similar level of pain, however, hence the comparison.

I was initially led to believe that this would be a Death/Doom release but having now listened to it, I'd classify it as more of a Funeral Doom release. The speed of it in conjunction with the atmosphere leads me to believe that listing it as anything other than Funeral Doom would be misleading despite the odd uptempo section. Some people may find this release a little repetitive but I think it's very hard to make Funeral Doom in any other fashion and it suits me just fine so I cannot complain there.

What else is there to say? I'm a big fan of this type of music when it's done in such a mature fashion. Every riff oozes with power and precision. Each song is patiently played in order for the listener to fully imbibe the individual journeys encountered. The vocals match the music beautifully, both harsh and clean. My dislikes for this release are minor in comparison because the major things have been done very well. I still think the song titles are too long and the font on the inlay is illegible but the excellent music supersedes all of that. I find it hard to consider that any Funeral Doom fan would not enjoy what Sorrowful Land brings to the table on 'I Remember'.

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Reviewer's rating: 8.5/10


Tracklist :
1. And Wilt Thou Weep When I Am Low?
2. When The World's Gone Cold
3. A Father I Never Had
4. Weep On, Weep On
5. I Am The Only Being Whose Doom
6. The Kingdom Of Nothingness

Duration : Approx. 47 minutes

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Reviewed on 2019-04-29 by Ian Morrissey
Thermal Mass
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