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Necare : Ruin

As much as I liked this band's demo 'Appassionata', I can't help feeling that it is blown away by their first official album 'Ruin'. Necare is a duo from Virginia that specializes in summoning the spirits of the early '90s doom/death bands that pretty much shaped the sound of modern melodic doom. The initiated listener knows of course that I’m referring here to My Dying Bride, Anathema and Paradise Lost, in short the Peaceville Three.

The very beautiful intro 'Stillborn Twilight' already raises the expectations for this album pretty high and although 'Rite of Shrouds' drags a bit on (but is saved by the beautiful violin), from then on the album offers the one highlight after the other. 'Desire' consists of an extremely catchy, melancholic guitar melody followed by a romantic piano interlude which would soften up some of the most brutal extremists in the doom scene (emphasis on the word 'some' here); ‘canto XXXIV’ is embellished with some cool guitar slide effects and Ryan's Darren Whitesque exclamations; the title track contains a very beautiful orchestral intro which flows into an epic track that will fill the Peaceville adept with nostalgia towards lost times of musical romanticism; the beautiful 'Celia' rings a bell because it is a re-recording from the band's previous work; 'Gethsemane', my personal favourite, is pure early Candlemass worship (take notice of the Biblical theme and poetic lyrics which draw this track even closer to the concept and sound of the masters of epic doom); while the god-denying 'Touching Emptiness' is arguably the heaviest track on this album with its sharp, angry riffs and Ryan's frustrated grunts. Agreed, Necare are not reinventing the wheel, but let's be honest: how many bands are nowadays? With a few notable exceptions, most bands that we call 'original' are just smart musicians who are able to hide their sources better than the others. And personally, in an age where most doom bands seem to be preoccupied with a desperate desire to be either very extreme or very true, I prefer Necare's honesty and their offering of decent songwriting, beautiful atmospherics and a healthy dose of respect to their sources of inspiration, without ever becoming too formulaic.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Stillborn Twilight
2. Rite of Shrouds
3. Desire (The Dawn & The Chrysalis)
4. Canto XXXIV
5. Ruin
6. Celia
7. Gethsemane
8. Waters of Quiet
9. Touching Eternity

Duration : Approx. 60 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
Vanha - Black Lion
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