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Majestic Downfall : Temple of Guilt

After the well-received split with Italian doomsters Ansia, released by Russian label Solitude Productions, Jacobo Córdova, and his band, Majestic Downfall, visit us again from the depth of Mexican Hell. Although the project is a solo effort, as far as we managed to discover, Jacobo has also enlisted a bunch of friends to support him in this worthwhile journey through darkness: Porncho on drums, Pastas (keyboards and mix) and Migueliro (guitar solos).

In 'Temple Of Guilt', Jacobo mixes classic Doom tunes with modern death/doom atmospheres and every track is well executed, dense and varied. Some black influences (Shining) and depressive vocals add an extra dimension to the dynamics of each song. What has really impressed me is the consistency within the album. Each song stretches well beyond the 8 minute mark, with the longest clocking at over 15 minutes, an approach that has allowed Jacobo to develop the songs' structures in full.

The style of the music, as said before, is reminiscent of early Katatonia, Swallow The Sun or even My Dying Bride. The slow parts bring Danish doomsters Saturnus to mind. Not a bad company...

Jacobo has cleared well assimilated his European influences and the final product is a solid, well-executed and surprising opus. 'Bleeding Sun' closes the album with an intense and depressing slab of doom... atmospheric, crushing, soaringly melodic and suicidal at the same time. Prepare yourself for a journey of pain and depression, in the Mexican sunshine...

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Temple of Guilt
2. Unexpected
3. Swallow: Pride
4. Failure
5. Bleeding Sun

Duration : Approx. 56 minutes.

Visit the Majestic Downfall bandpage.

Reviewed on 14-06-2009 by Giovanni Guarnieri
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