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Mistress of the Dead : Weeping Silence of the Dead

Mistress of the Dead's third album finds a new source of suicidality by turning to ambient funeral doom.

'Weeping Silence of the Dead' is the third fullt-length album by Vlad Cristea Vales' Mistress of the Dead, but it is the first one who isn't a mere re-release of a demo. (Not that the demo re-releases aren't just as good as this one when it comes to musicianship or sound quality.) Now, 'Cryptic' wasn't that different from its predecessor 'Buried', so neither did I expect any major differences this time around. I was pleasantly surprised to hear that I was wrong.

The most powerful sections of the music still retains an almost identical sound as the one found on 'Cryptic'. The twist is that the sections that now dominate the music are of ambient funeral doom. The similarities to Until Death Overtakes Me's 'Symphony I - Deep Dark Red' and 'Symphony II - Absence of Life' are striking, but as Mr. Vales has still retained the chill of Skepticism in his music, the result is nevertheless slightly different. And most importantly, this album still had the ability to convince me to keep on listening to it. Call this a copycat if you wish, but it's still good.

I suppose many would point out the cheesyness of this release. For example, 'Most Torturous Depth of Looks of Cemetery Statues' is just about as cheesy as it gets. However, I don't think this is the intention of Mr. Vales. If I'm guessing right then the titles wouldn't feel that cheesy if translated back to Czech, which is Vlad's mother tongue. Besides, the vocals are anyway so unclear that the quality of the English means nothing. They still sound like "grhoo...".

So, summa summarum this is a release for those who enjoy ambient funeral doom. Those who prefer their funeral doom to follow the Worship vein would probably prefer the two first albums.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Weeping Silence of the Dead
2. I've Brought You Flowers
3. Her Eyes Stopped to Cry
4. Most Torturous Depth of Looks of Cemetery Statues
5. ...And Her Silence is Telling Me... (outro)

Duration : Approx. 68 minutes.

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Reviewed on 2010-11-11 by Arnstein H. Pettersen
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