|I have to admit that this band's previous effort 'To All I Hated' didn't really impress me. I felt that despite its short length, it lacked in dynamics and variety. I also missed the necessary hateful emotions to accomplish satisfactory this style of very slow doom death.|
It was much to my pleasant surprise then to discover that the new My Shameful album (and first full-length of the band) has everything which their debut mCD lacked; the general sound is much heavier and darker, while the hate drips from the desolate compositions full of brutal, distorted grunts, joyless spoken parts, more varied song structures and minimalistic, subtle embellishments like reverbed acoustic interludes, haunting piano keys and hypnotizing lead guitar.
Other plus points are the use of a real drummer this time and the sombre, dark artwork which works very effectively with the hopeless soundscapes of My Shameful. The songs move more into the direction of funeral doom compared to the band's previous effort, and much to my surprise I heard some similarities with other desolate acts like Dolorian, Hlidolf and even Beyond Black Void, although My Shameful hasn't (yet) reached such extremes of musical desolation and nihilism.
Finally, I would like to leave the judgement upon this album to the listener by quoting this phrase from 'The Wind that Burns All', which in my opinion sums up very well the emotions one can find in this work: "Save your last prayers/come down to meet me here/lower yourself to my level/let your hate be free/see yourself and what we've become/a lower form of life/as we tumble through the last times."
2. Scattered Ashes
3. Blackend Lies
4. A Saddened Sunset
5. The Wind that Burns All
7. I Fear
Duration : Approx. 54 minutes
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