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Moon of Sorrow : A New Dawn

This is the final release by Moon Of Sorrow before they split up. It is also the hardest to find, yet it's probably their best work. Ironically, the album is titeled 'A New Dawn' while it is also the final chapter in the story about this very unique doom metal band.

On this CD the band continues in the same line that the two other albums have already drawn. The multitude of musical influences ranging from gothic and black to AOR. And of course the music is no less atmospheric than it has been before. Nor do they confine themselves to playing only doom metal. There are whole tracks that are too high tempo for doom metal.

Another rather interesting thing is that there is no single grunt on this album. There are only clean vocals (both female and male) which indeed do remind me more of AOR than the classical doom metal styles. In fact the track 'Wild As The Wind' is actually a duet. When did you ever hear that on a doom track? Surprisingly it's quite warm and dreamy most of the time. The whole album has a tendency to bring on these warm moments from time to time. Optimistic doom metal. Who would have imagined that?

What I think makes this album better than the others is the fact that it is a bit more epic. The music creates a very relaxed feeling of floating around in the skies. Not in the druggy laid-back style that stoner has. Instead it is rather dreamy. And as it is quite optimistic, perhaps this is the perfect album for a happy romantic doomster?

I don't think that a lot of doomsters will find it easy to like this. It's a very light style of music, but those who don't dread that very word "light" might very well take a liking to this.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Back To Paradise
2. Experimental Pigs
3. Wild As The Wind
4. Beyond Violets
5. Shadowland
6. Searching
7. Trust

Duration : Approx. 50 minutes

Visit the Moon of Sorrow bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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