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This Empty Flow : The Album

The famous Lovecraftian funeral doom three-piece Thergothon decided to call it quits in 1993. Two of the three, Jori Sjöroos and Niko Sirkiä, decided in 1994 to continue playing together, but this time in a different genre. Later the same year, the line-up was completed with bassist Aku-Tuomas Mattila from electro-goth band Sad Parade. Already in 1996 the band began to decline as Sirkiä was dissatisfied with the way the band was going and decided to quit to focus on his other projects. The two remaining members kept on going until 1997 when they broke up for good because the music had drifted too far from what had been intended.

During this four year period they played only two gigs, the last one without Sirkiä, and released only one album: 'Magenta Skycode'. 'Three Empty Boys' was released two years after breaking up based on an unreleased demo. The remaining releases are all compilations based on demo recordings, various artist compilation tracks and the albums. 'The Album' is no different. It's basically a 2in1 re-release as the first CD is 'Magenta Skycode'. The second CD is a gathering of unreleased tracks and recordings from between 1994 and 1996. While it's only a minor note in the booklet, this second CD is apparently called 'Magenta Lost'. Another name trivia is that 'Snow Blind' was originally going to be called 'Angels' Playground'.

While the mood remained sad and unoptimistic, the music that This Empty Flow plays is very different from what Thergothon presented. Some call this genre gothic rock and the best known band of this kind would be The Cure. In fact, the The Cure song 'Lullaby' is very similar to what you'll find here. While being less mainstream than them, This Empty Flow holds many similarities in the light, mid-paced rhythm, soft guitars and calm, clean vocals. A very important difference is that while The Cure sound nervous at all times, This Empty Flow remains more focused on the melancholy. They also have less pop-music elements, though some of the tracks on the second CD have a lot of electronica.

This is hardly a doom release in any way. Still, it's a release that I recommend to those who might fancy this. Unlike most The Cure tracks, this is actually quite good. I started out being really skeptical towards it, but after a few spins my prejudice faded and I realized that I'll probably be spinning this record for many years to come.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
CD 1: 'I'
1. Nowafter
2. Useless
3. Stream
4. Towards Distant
5. Snow Blind
6. Distress
7. (But I Am) Still
8. Sweet Bloom of Nighttime Flowers

CD 2: 'II'
1. Serpents
2. Highest of the Angels
3. The 14th
4. (But I Am) Still [Disco Demo Version]
5. Untitled
6. Distress [Version 0.2]
7. See Nothing
8. Nevermore
9. Untitled
10. Distress [Version 0.1]
11. The Circle Did Close Indeed

Duration : Approx. 113 minutes.

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Reviewed on 15-03-2007 by Arnstein Petersen
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