|Whispering Gallery is a somewhat unknown outfit from The Netherlands. Dressed in Goth outfits, they mix in a great deal of Black and Gothic-metal into their romantic Death/Doom metal. Competing with Bal Sagoth for the trophy of lengthiest album title, they've created an enjoyable "middle of the road" Gothic/Doom album.|
On this album they mix in atmospheric and romantic parts with more up-tempo gothic-/black-metal sections. Like a lot of bands this day and age they also use multiple vocal styles (mainly clean male vocals vs. scream/grunted vocals). Everything is well executed and I can not find anything bad about this album. However, after the first few songs I also can't find anything extremely interesting about the album.
The album starts pretty good with 'A world of Immortality'. While not being overly original, it is a nice and almost 'catchy' track. The following few tracks are of likewise quality, but my interest fades more and more with each song. Only 'An Eternity of Mourning' (beautiful song!) and the 'Maid of Orleans' cover awake my interest again. Not that Whispering Gallery does anything wrong, in fact they are talented musicians who maintain a high standard throughout the entire album. But I can't say I hear anything I've not heard before. The market is simply flooded with these atmospheric, romantic gothic/doom outfits.
If you are looking for a solid piece of Gothic/Doom to dream away to and if you are a huge fan of this type of music, I will definitely advice you to get this album. Whispering Gallery outperform a lot of their better-known contemporaries. However, if you have had your fair share of this style already and you're looking for something new and refreshing musically, then look elsewhere.
2. A world of Immortality
3. UriŽl in Requiem
4. Soul Sacrifice
5. An Eternity of Mourning
6. My Heavenly Escape
8. Quest of Kingdom
9. Maid of Orleans
10. Your Shapeless Body
Duration : Approx. 52 minutes.
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