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All Souls' Day : Into The Mourning

The name All Souls' Day comes from a catholic traditional day with the same name. It's held on november the 2nd and is a commemoration of all deceased catholics who are still believed to be in purgatory. Death, suffering and crosses. Definitely a well suited theme for a traditional doom metal band.

While the tradition dates back to the 6th century, the band is a bit younger. The band was born in 1990 from the ashes of the demo band Epitaph. So how come no one outside Italy has heard of them until now? A host of line-up problems, several break-ups and technical problems during recording has delayed their debut release for an impressive 15 years! But in the end the incredible amount of determination has finally paid off. And this CD has now finally seen the light of day.

What these guys play is weeping and depressive traditional doom with close links to Solitude Aeturnus, Candlemass and fellow countrymates Doomenicus. The voice of Alberto Caria is very powerful, and related to both European power metal and traditional heavy metal vocals.

Working on material for a decade and a half before releasing it is just about the same as sticking a 'no crap' label on it. But there is one thing that did stump me at first. I then progressed to become very suspicious. The final track, 'Ancient (preview)' is a taste of the forthcoming second album. The first part is pretty much the same style of traditional doom. It's the second part that's so hard to swallow. It's not just electronica, it's rave! It doesn't take up much time on the album, but it still was quite disturbing at first. In the end I actually got to accept it and honestly, it's a good piece compared to what most DJ's put out. And even if you don't ever come to terms with the track, it's still on the end of the album so you can turn it off without losing any of the other music. All in all, I'd still put this album on my recommended list.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. A Breath From The Death
2. A Mortal Day
3. The Mourning
4. I Feel You Inside Me
5. At The Bell Toll
6. Forever
7. The Sinner
8. Ancient (preview)

Duration : Approx. 63 minutes

Visit the All Souls' Day bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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