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Shroud of Bereavement : Demo Fall 2004

Shroud of Bereavement hail from the US and play 'neo-classical doom/death metal'. In this case 'classical' means that a lot of instruments feature besides the standard metal instrumentarium, namely keyboards, female clean vocals, violin, samples, and acoustic guitar.

That description gives away that we're dealing with another 'atmospheric' doom/death band with romantic thematics. A lot of people probably know enough by now, but a lot of others greatly enjoy the style and will want to know if Shroud of Bereavement can live up to the fairly high standards that have been set in this niche of modern doom metal.

My answer: in the future, yes. The level of this demo is quite far above that of the previous one ('Shroud of Beravement', from 2003), and it offers some interesting elements that will appeal to lovers of this style. The band mixes slow to uptempo doom/death metal in the vein of some pretty obvious inspirations with extended keyboard/acoustic interludes, samples and well sung female vocals. This range of sounds makes the music varied, and here and there a right "note" is struck. Especially the acoustic guitar/violin pieces are of a high quality. However, I feel the whole release lacks coherence and a clear direction. This was even more so on the previous demo, but it is still a problem.

All in all, this is a very decent demo, and if the band works a little more on making sure everything fits together, they might be responsible for some quality romanic doom releases. Right now, I'm still missing a lot of chemistry, though.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. A Rose For A Dying Muse
2. Alone Beside Her (live)

Duration : Approx. 22 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
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