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Loss : Life Without Hope... ...Death Without Reason

Loss is a Death Doom band from the United States. It is composed of 4 musicians (and no keyboard player, this is rare enough in the genre to be mentioned!). This album is a reissue of their demo featuring two more live tracks. The Doom of Loss, if very slow, is never monotonous or boring.

The first song 'Coffin Nails' is a short intro. A dissonant note, filamentous and sour, stretches out in space; the air is cold and fouled, the melody is absent. The second song 'Conceptual Funeralism Unto The Final Act...' brings a sudden rupture. Very melodic guitar lines break the ice. The riff is very effective. At this point it is difficult to identify the intentions of Loss; from a rough dark ambient to a more melancholic atmosphere and from the refusal of harmony to clear song-writing allowing a central place for melody. The voice is ultra-guttural, like it’s filtered through a thick layer of mud. The song is divided into chapters; as soon as the first rhythmic idea is used up, the tone changes and the slide-show unfolds. A new scene opens. The atmospheres remain the same, melancholic, muddy, sad and cottony. The Doom of Loss is soft and velvety. It is the unhumanly low voice alone that takes the music into depths that the instrumentalization only touches. A third chapter opens, the drums become faster and sparkling cymbals scan the story. The second track ends.

The third 'Cut-up, Depressed and Alone' starts again by some beautiful guitar leads, thick and warm. That is the overall impression that I keep from Loss’music; a smooth cocoon, warm and comforting. The whole thing works wonderfully, voice, guitars, bass and drums, each performing its task with serenity. Again, mid-term, a welcome break propels the music in another chapter and skillfully avoids the trap of monotony. The fourth track is a live cover of 'Brave', the emblematic song of the first era of Katatonia. Not bad. The fifth and last song, also played live, is fairly ironically called 'The Barebacked Burial Of A Torn Angel', it is the faster song of the cd but its interest is damaged by the awful recording sound.

Loss is a strong doom outfit that has a developed a recognizable personality through many splits. It is a pity they do not take the time to produce a proper full length! It’s recommended for all extreme Doom and Funeral lovers.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Coffin Nails (Intromancy)
2. Conceptual Funeralism Unto The Final Act (of being)
3. Cut-up, Depressed and Alone
4. Brave (Katatonia Cover)
5. The Barebacked Burial Of A Torn Angel

Duration : Approx. 35 minutes.

Visit the Loss bandpage.

Reviewed on 16-12-2008 by Bertrand marchal
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