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Austerity : Austerity

Whenever italian Doom is mentioned, it is mainly to tell about horrific-psychedelic Gothic-affiliated bands ala Paul Chain / Death SS or more epic outfits perpetuating an old tradition of Heavy Metal like Thuderstorm and Doomraiser do.

Yet Italy also has a niche for of Funeral Doom bands offering a more philosophical kind of approach (Arcana Coelestia, Urna, Absum, Enoch, Elysium’s Fields). Austerity is part of this same circle, namely Funeral Doom musically borrowing a lot from Dark Ambient (including Vinterrikket and Striborg) and from Drone in their most haunting passages, while being respectful of the rules issued by Thergothon.

The project deserves its name, as the music is actually particularly austere, highlighted and strenghtened by songs in Latin, German and Italian inspired by the funeral prayers. It is this sobriety that makes the force (the icy atmosphere of death is palpable) and the weakness (that’s overly repetitive over time, and one must accept that just one song lasts less than 10 minutes). So there is as much chance that this very long (80 minutes) slab of Doom will charm you as there is that you yawn out of boredom. I recommend you to listen to that album in plain darkness, or while reading a few pages of Ann Radcliffe.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Lacrime
2. Nacht und Morgenröte
3. Una Luce, Lontano
4. Novembre
5. Nelle Tempeste D'Acciaio
6. Ad NIhil
Total playing time

Duration : Approx. 77 minutes

Visit the Austerity bandpage.

Reviewed on 18-09-2010 by Laurent Lignon
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