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Otkroveniya Dozhdya : Otkroveniya Dozhdya

Eastern countries Doom metal is always characterized by a curious melancholy pretty difficult to understand to us westerners. There lies the soul of the slavic people, in those empty frozen wastes, those great and dark forests, where Nature is untouched by the hand of Mankind and where it is still alive, monumental and indifferent to our life and suffering. Otkroveniya Dozhdya (which means 'revelations of rain' for you occidental capitalist pigs) struck me good in 2007 with their interesting debut album 'Mramornye Tona Otchayaniya'. The band was then practicing a mixture of rather melodic Doom Death (think mid-period My Dying Bride) and Blackened Doom reminsicent of mid-period Katatonia. Nothing to be ashamed of, the interpretation was great, especially considering there’s only two bandmembers, but was lacking a bit in term of identity. I was looking forward to see in which direction the band was likely evolve.

Come 2009, and to my surprise, there isn't any evolution at all, save that the musicians knows now better how to handle their weapons. In fact, Otkroveniya Dozhdya has taken the time to think about what they were doing, and the result is an album that is nearly the same than the previous one, but with more maturity and depth. The band still can't decide whether they want to go Black or Death in their Doom, but the mix is more well done than before. What struck the most is the almost palpable atmosphere of frost and despair that litterally ooze from the record, despite it being less heavy than one could think. In fact, the music is darker, sounding more Dark Metal-like, yet slow and brooding. Atmospheric? Yes, a lot. Calm? Also, a lot. The guitars and keyboards are what truly shine on this release. Guitars are melodic, yet sad. Keyboards are never bothering or too much in front, being used more in layers to support the music than in the more traditional organ style so prominent these days.

Some people would say that strictly no innovation between the two albums is a flaw. Not me, as I prefer to hear a better played music than a really evolved one. Now that Otkroveniya Dozhdya has showed us its was a more than capable band, they'll have to develop more their personnality if they want to stand out the crowd of the numerous Doom Death bands roam their lands. They have the potential to do that, and to become a strong force in the eastern Doom scene.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Монолог Вечности
2. Я остался здесь...
3. На прозрачных глазах
4. Зимняя Скорбь
5. Империя белого Света
6. Сон I – Решение
7. Сон II – Узор
8. Сон III – Наш страх
9. Серым Гневом Осени Обличен
10. Монументальной Тишины Апофеоз

Traliteration [with translation in brackets]:
1. Monolog Vechnosti [Monologue of eternity]
2. Ya ostalsya zdes’ [I have remained here...]
3. Na pozrachnyh glazah [On the transparent eyes]
4. Zimnyaya Skorb’ [Winter grief]
5. Imperia Belogo Sveta [Empire of white Light]
6. Sny I – Reshniye [Dreamss I – Solution]
7. Sny II – Uzor [Dreams II – Pattern]
8. Sny III – Nash strah [Dreams III – Our fears]
9. Serym Gnevom Oseni Oblichen [Grey anger of autumn]
10. Monumental’noy Tishiny Apofeoz [Apotheosis of monumental silence]

Duration : Approx. 64 minutes.

Visit the Otkroveniya Dozhdya bandpage.

Reviewed on 15-06-2009 by Laurent Lignon
Forever Autumn
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