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Inborn Suffering : Wordless Hope

After having heard the demo, I had high hopes for the full length. The demo had a very high recording quality and I was curious as to whether they would top it here. Undeniably, they did. The music is as pure and refined as it can possibly be. Not even all billion dollar pop-stars can brag about that.

As mentioned in the demo review, this is majestic doom/death with lots of melody in it. I also mentioned that this is nothing really new and that the closest comparison is Ningizzia, which is halfway the effort of band member St├ęphane Peudupin. Now that this generic description is done, I'll be dedicating most of the remaining space to the general feeling of the music. It deserves this much space because it is most of what really makes the experience of 'Wordless Hope' special.

From the first track and onward, you'll be delicately led into an aura of grandeur that can fill a room of any known space. It's loud and sometimes a tad brutal, but mostly it's melancholic in ways that reach everywhere, from every corner of the external room to the innermost corners of the soul. The melancholy isn't intense in any way; it just flows along with the majesty of the music in a very comfortable way. To really grasp all of it, one needs to play the album many times and find all of the aspects of it. Only then will the wholeness of the album allow one to enjoy it fully.

The beautiful guitar-play flows through most of the tracks, only interrupted by equally beautiful piano or the occasional brutal section. The vocals vary between male growls and clean male vocals, both which fit the music just about perfectly. There are even some clean female vocals on track seven, 'Thorn of Deceit', which is also the most depressive and of the tracks.

I honestly can't find a single negative aspect of this album. It has everything I want from the genre and from this kind of music in general. If you like atmosphere-rich doom/death then this is probably the best offering from 2006.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. This is Who We Are
2. Inborn Suffering
3. Monolith
4. The Agony Within
5. As I Close My Eyes
6. Stygian Darkness
7. Thorn of Deceit
8. The Affliction Corridor

Duration : Approx. 64mins

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Reviewed on 18-11-2007 by Arnstein Petersen
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