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Longing For Dawn : A Treacherous Ascension

Barely two years after their debut 'One Lonely Path', Canadian doomsters Longing For Dawn present their second full length, this time on Grau Records. The concept is still the same: funeral doom with a heavy dose of dark ambient atmospherics, courtesy of Frédéric Arbour (Cyclic Law Records, Visions).

If there's any difference with the first album, I feel that it is more confidence. The way these four massive track are constructed, combining intense, tragic riffs with synth and lead guitars, it's just a bit more natural the second time around.

The album starts off at its strongest, in my opinion, with the superb first theme of 'The End of Laughter' leading the way. Nevertheless, the rest of the album is very strong as well, because the composition, minute tempo differences, play between growls and downcast spoken word - it all makes these 48 minutes fly by in one big, depressive trip.

This is not that one groundbreaking funeral doom album that I'm often silently waiting for. But it is an excellent album by a band that launched itself to the top of the genre practically immediately. And that is important too, bands that keep bringing out the best in an existing genre. Recommended to all lovers of funeral and atmospheric doom.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The End of Laughter
2. Discidium
3. Ephemeral Cure
4. Once Supreme

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-2007 by Oscar Strik
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