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Catacombs : Echoes Through The Catacombs

'Echoes Through the Catacombs' was originally released in 2001 as a cooperation by Cthulhu Productions and Antinomian Records. Back then only 100 copies were made, at least some of which had a glitch in the beginning. Those who didn't get a copy of the first one now have the chance to get the re-release. There might even be something interesting here for those who own the original since this has no glitches, and you'll get two bonus tracks as well. They are re-masterings of the old ones. As it's stated on the booklet, X. Mlandroth decided to re-master them "stricktly for [his] own personal fulfillment". There aren't any major differences from the originals, but the sound is a bit smoother and more complete. A little less bleak yet a little more horrible.

The Doom Metal of Catacombs is incredibly slow, mostly funeral but also slightly Black-ish. It's definitely one of the heaviest projects amongst it's kin. With a monotonous pounding and a minimalistic melody, the experience has the distinct smell of no hope, angst, loneliness and corpses. It gives me images of vast haunted tombs, and of the age-old memories that still linger there.

This is music for those who appreciate dark Funeral Doom, perhaps in the vein of Nortt or Hierophant, X. Mlandroth's previous project. Music for dark minds on very dark days.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Consigned To Flames of Woe
2. Echoes Through the Catacombs
3. (Bonus Track)
4. (Bonus Track 2)

Duration : Approx. 60 minutes

Visit the Catacombs bandpage.

Reviewed on 23-05-2008 by Arnstein Petersen
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