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Mourning Beloveth : A Disease for the Ages

I am not a big fan of Mourning Beloveth's music. Iíve always considered the first two albums to be honest repetitions of what others had already done better. The grandiloquent phrasing of 'The Sullen Sulcus', the album that is often presented as their masterpiece, annoys me: it is filled with emotions which I find counterfeited. Then, they released 'A Murderous Circus', and I loved it. Not immediately, but the beast revealed itself through attentive listenings.What had appeared simplistic and tedious to me was just right in its place. This album is very coherent, powerful and very dark. With 'A Murderous Circus', Mourning Beloveth had crossed a line: its Doom Death was freed from its weighty influences and, daring to take a more personal course, it had sunk a little in darkness.

'A Disease For The Ages' is the direct continuation from this. The album is shorter, more concentrated. The production has the same crudeness; it is a little dirty, very cold and direct. However, I like it less. The death voice of Darren Moore has become very aggressive, too uniform. He uses the same tone from beginning to end, without nuances, and if Frank Brennan did not barge in from time to time to clarify this compact whole with his powerful and lyrical voice (he should perhaps think of launching an Epic Doom project: it would be a sensation), monotony would soon stretch its heavy coat over the listenerís attention. Where are the haunted atmospheres of 'A Murderous Circus'? Where are the emotions? Where did the humanity which perspired from their former works disappear to?

Some tracks are really good: the first minutes of 'The Sickness' are striking; the effect of the double guitars adds depth, and a kind of magic which works. The intervention of Frank also surprises, in a good way: he uses a lot more high-pitched voice than in the past and once again, it offers a successful counterpoint to the cavernous voice of Darren. The third song, 'Primeval Rush', is my favourite, for sure. The opening is very powerful; a quiet spoken passage brings some tension and a bit of the humanity which one seeks in vain in other parts of the album. An effective guitar solo precedes a long, raging guitar-drum-voice movement which leaves you breathless. It is the most progressive piece of the album, the one in which you can see some bits of the excellent 'A Murderous Circus': the sense of restraint, the sombre and epic spirit. But there is always this Death voice which tires by dint of platitude: this voice - too aggressive, too present - repels.

Mourning Beloveth have things to say, thatís for sure; so much so that they forget atmospheres and the obvious fact that, devoid of words, their music can be beautiful. This verbosity is the major flaw of 'A Disease For The Ages' which, despite its redundant sides, remains a personal work.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Sickness
2. Trace Decay
3. Primeval Rush
4. The Burning Man
5. Poison Beyond All

Duration : Approx. 55 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-10-2008 by Bertrand marchal
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