|If you enjoy the uncompromising Death-Doom sound created by Dusk, this re-
release is mandatory.|
|Mourning…Resurrect is basically a re-issue of this US cult band’s two
short albums, Dusk (1994) and ...Majestic Thou in Ruin (1995),
both of which have long been out of print. Since these two albums have already
been reviewed and the release in question is not easily available anymore,
what's the use of another review, you might ask? Firstly, it is more likely to
stumble over this edition than is the case with the original albums, so it
should still be useful to assess whether the CD is worth looking for. Then, it
contains an additional track, 'Yearning for Eternity', which is taken from a
compilation entitled Visionaries of the Macabre from 1998 and has not yet
been commented on. |
Albeit only five minutes long, 'Yearning for Eternity' is a fantastic song that no Dusk-admirer or fan of classic Death-Doom in general should miss. It is rather similar to the material on ...Majestic Thou in Ruin both stylistically and production-wise, but with a slightly higher density due to the short playing time. Starting out with an aggressive mid-tempo part, it soon moves on to the typical Disembowelment-like mixture of slow, extremely heavy downtuned guitar riffing, overdubbed with clean guitar lines. The atmosphere of bleak contemplation evoked by the music is so intense that it can easily compete with the aforementioned second album, so if you enjoyed the band’s earlier efforts, you can be sure to love this track as well.
A detail worth mentioning about 'Yearning for Eternity' is that there has been a line-up change: vocalist / bass player Steve Crane has apparently left the band. The new vocalist, Chad, uses very similar techniques both for growling and chanting, but of course a slight difference cannot be denied. This might be a minor let-down for some, as the vocals used to be an integral part of the overall unique Dusk-sound, along with the very interesting and perfectly produced drumming, for instance. Still, Chad does a very good job here: his strong and aggressive growl being true to the band’s identity. In addition, I felt that his considerably brighter chanting creates an even stronger link to Disembowelment.
Now some words about the release itself. Unlike many modern re-issues, it does not come with an entirely new cover artwork. Instead, the artworks of the two albums have been cleverly combined, integrating the flock of birds from ...Majestic Thou in Ruin into the landscape portrayed on the cover of the self-titled debut. I find this to be a very elegant solution, which preserves the integrity of the original releases, although it might have been an even better alternative to print the original covers alternately on two sides of the booklet. Inside the booklet, we get small versions of the original covers along with the respective line-up and recording information, complemented by what seems to be a statement of the person in charge at the label. The total absence of lyrics thus remains the only point of criticism – sad indeed, since the lyrics for ...Majestic Thou in Ruin are not even available online.
All in all, you cannot go wrong with buying this release (if you have the chance to find it somewhere). If you enjoy the uncompromising Death-Doom sound created in the early to mid-nineties by bands such as Disembowelment, Thergothon or Ceremonium, this is a good opportunity to add another essential band’s hard to find releases to your collection. Even for those who already own the original albums, it could be a worthy investment due to the excellent compilation track.
1. Envision the Terror
2. Element of Symmetry
3. Begotten Interlude
5. Consigned to Oblivion
6. Mourning Shadow
7. …Majestic Thou in Ruin
9. Thy Bitter Woe
10. The Transfiguration (and it was so)
11. Yearning for Eternity
Duration : Approx. 65 minutes
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