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Rain Paint : Nihil Nisi Mors

Listening to this album I find it very difficult to pin it down to one style of music. It seems to jump in and out of doom-metal and has so many stylistic changes that it seems to lose itself at times.

It erupts with an excellent opening track, which I personally think is the strongest on the record. The vocals are distorted and processed, though not in a harsh or menacing way, rather they sound quite strained and hopeless, which contrasts against the light, but heart searing guitar riffs that make this track so strong. I really do hope they continue with this style in future releases as the rest of the disc is a bit of a mixed bag of songs.

I say it's a mixed bag because as I already mentioned, different styles are used by this band, such as progressive rock, melodic doom and a hint of death metal and the last track is primarily dark ambient or darkwave. The vocals too, are all over the place, with clean singing, that isn't perfect, but suits flawlessly to my ears, as well as deep throaty growling, as well as the distorted vocals. As a whole this causes the album not to flow as well as it could have. That aside, the musicianship is excellent and on the production side of things, it sounds a treat.

All in all, I think this is the type of album where you will find a couple of tracks that you will really love and where the others are left forgotten by the wayside. As a final note, I should point out that the artwork is awesome, extremely bleak and doomed.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Forbidden Love
2. Rain Paint
3. Death Drive And Fear
4. Sleeping Beauty
5. Miss Spring
6. Raven Nevermore
7. Freezes Day
8. Loose And Over

Duration : Approx. 50 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Scott Wickens
Thermal Mass
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