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Ansia : Majestic Downfall/Ansia Split

The 'Majestic Downfall/Ansia Split' showcases two young Doom/Death bands. Their approaches differ strongly from each other in terms of feeling and vein. At the same time the similarities are striking, proving that there is indeed a link between the melodic and the harsh extremes of the Doom/Death scope.

In Majestic Downfall, Jacobo (the project's mastermind) have devoted himself to the early Anathema sound. For some reason it seems to me like he wants to carry the torch rather than light a new one. Despite the utter lack of originality, the project pulls it off with decent marks. At least Majestic Downfall show that with a bit of inventiveness regarding the riffs, it's still possible to make decent music in the genre without copying. As such Jacobo manages what his fellow Mexican band A Perpetual Dying Mirror never quite reached. Even so, I suspect that many diehard fans of Anathema might choke on the lack of originality.

Whereas Majestic Downfall presented the melodic and romantic side of Doom/Death, Ansia portrays the harsh, ugly and suicidal side. Thergothon, early Funeral and especially the lesser known Enoch spring to mind, although Ansia doesn't cross completely over into the Funeral Doom domain. The sick vocals lie somewhere inbetween Katatonia-like screams and the gurgling of Wormphlegm. However, Ethere, their vocalist, has departed from the band since the release of this split. Thus it's an open question wether the vocal style will remain so on future releases. In any case, with this they manage to portray the disgusting while never quite leaving the mournful.

This split is basically the 2-in-1 re-release of the bands first demos: Majestic Downfall's 'The First Abyss' and Ansia's 'I', respectively. However, this split CD should be more accessible than those demos, making the music available to a wider audience. I would claim that this is well deserved for the bands since underneath the anonymous cover is a fairly decent release.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
Majestic Downfall:
1. A Birds Departure
2. In An Ocean Of Fears
3. A Tear Of Understanding

4. Part I
5. Part II
6. Part III

Duration : Approx. 58 minutes.

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Reviewed on 05-10-2008 by Arnstein Petersen
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