|Shape of Despair have already earned a place among the funeral doom elite with their debut album 'Shades of...', but their second opus 'Angels of Distress' should - in an ideal world - make of them one of the most important contemporary doom bands. Their extremely melancholic, ultra slow and moody doom makes even the most insensitive ones among us feel like breaking down and cry at the unheard intensity of their frozen emotions. Masterpieces like the title track and 'Quiet These Paintings Are' make one wonder how in the world can one single album contain so much pain and sorrow.|
Like that primordial molecule, which gave birth to this discouraged universe, every note on this album contains many different worlds of depressive emotions which all bathe in an icecold, suffocating atmosphere. The opening sequence of '...To Live For My Death...', on which both the male and female vocalist join their voices in a heart tearing lament, is probably the most sorrowful piece of music recorded for the last two years. The beautiful violin - which replaces the flute from the first album - and the soothing, orchestral keyboards, make sure that this painful experience will last forever.
In short, there are only two words you need to remember from this review: must buy.
2. Angels of Distress
3. Quiet These Paintings Are
4. ...To Live For My Death...
5. Night's Dew
Duration : Approx. 57 minutes.
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