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Tyranny : Bleak Vistae

Once again Finland proves to be one of the leading countries is doom metal. The country's main doom label Firebox now releases the debut release by Tyranny, from the same country. On this mCD (clocking over 44 minutes!), the band shows that they know exactly what funeral doom in the year 2004 is all about.

From second one you are immersed in a dark bog of pounding, crushing drums, heavy guitars and dark synths, deep growls and dragging, high-pitched leads. As you try to make your weary way through the thick fluids you catch glimpses and impressions... the stinging ice of The Ethereal, the stifling frost of Hierophant, the crushing despair of Until Death Overtakes Me, the utter darkness of Evoken... 'Bleak Vistae' hints at all of these and is in that respect very dependant upon the work of the pioneers of the funeral doom genre, but not annoyingly so, for you are soon swallowed up again by the murky waters that constitute the album's name.

Everything about this release is dark and slow and it won't let you go until the dark ambient outro fades into nothingness. And even then you are still partly in those dark waters that can be seen on the front cover. Tyranny is sure to create a reputation for itself with this mCD and my expectations for a follow-up are high. This is top quality funeral doom from a label that keeps on releasing great stuff. These modern times surely are grand days for doom...

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Passing Through Ague
2. The Leaden Stream
3. Drown

Duration : Approx. 44 minutes.

Visit the Tyranny bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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