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I Drowned In A Stream Of Mourn : Sempre Largo

Extreme doom fans rejoice: another brilliant band has arrived. I Drowned In A Stream Of Mourn are an excellent young doom band, that would have to be horribly unlucky not to get signed.

They play funeral doom at the highest level, starting with an awesome atmospheric intro on 'Darkness Shines Over Light' before the massive wall of sound builds up accompanied by a threatening and deep, almost whispery growl. The shocking production on this very short demo actually helps the record to no end. It sounds very thick and massive - I would describe it as drowning - but that would look like me trying to make a bad joke. It does honestly sound like the air has gotten thicker though and maybe it’s just the humidity of Australia, but it becomes harder to breathe, suffocating almost. Much to the same effect that bands like Sunn O))) and early Unholy does. Before it becomes overwhelming though, it breaks off into the opening atmospheric melody with distant growls. The use of keys after this doesn’t sound out of place, as they are played intermittently and despairingly, sort of reminding me of My Shameful on the track 'Blackened Lies'; in other words, cold.

'As The Rain Lifts' is another top-notch track. I still can't get over how good this track is. It starts of very much like the first track with the very deep saxophone rumbling deeply away, creating a very unique sound that I really like. The saxophone works so well throughout the entire demo that I honestly can't believe that it isn't used more often in doom metal, before descending once again into that impenetrable and dense wall of doom. This time though, the vocals are more hardcore distorted screams.

This is truly a band to keep an eye on; they have a very good future ahead of them if they can keep this standard up. I particularly enjoy the way the tracks ebb and flow between crushing doom and atmospheric interludes without sounding forced, and without the two tracks losing their identity. Very good record and highly recommended.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Darkness Shines Over Light
2. As The Rain Lifts

Duration : Approx. 19 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Scott Wickens
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