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Night Of Suicide : Desire

Night Of Suicide have composed their best album to date.

The Dutch/Finnish project is back with a vengeance and a new label, but have they managed to change the opinion I expressed in my review of their 'Unanswered' album (you can read it here) two years ago? The answer is both yes and no.

Let us start with the positive points: Night Of Suicide have finally let their own personality grow. In those days of copycatting and bandwagoning everywhere, this is really a good pick. The band is still playing Funeral Doom the Finnish way, i.e. keyboard-laden and filled with melodic parts, but a cold rawness has also made its way through their music. The songs are all more than 10 minutes long, and there's enough subtelties in each one (what a great use they can do of the acoustic parts!) not to get bored after the first 2 minutes. Ben De Graaf has made some efforts in the vocal departement and his voice finally sounds like what I'm looking for when I want fitting Funeral vocals: deep and threatening, while conveying convincing feelings of sadness and despair. The interpretation is good, with the usual ‘Firedoom-sounding’ guitar sound in the solos. And this is where the negative points come in.

While Night Of Suicide have evolved and flaunt more than once their own take on the Funeral Doom genre, they're however still a bit too much influenced by the Shape Of Despair/Colosseum sound, to the point of sometimes being on the verge of pure cloning. This not necessarily something bad, considering that both bands have been quite inactive recently (well, the case of Colosseum being peculiar, you know the reason), but sometimes it gets a bit irritating.

Still, if I were to give a bad review to every band that doesn't bring something new to the table, there wouldn't be a lot of things to listen to. Right now, as it is, Night Of Suicide have done what I've been waiting from them since 2006: they've released a good Funeral Doom album, with enough ideas of their own for it to be a real listening pleasure. If, like me, you were quite disappointed by the last Colosseum's release, then check out Night Of Suicide instead.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. My Thoughts
2. The Answer
3. Desire
4. Final Decision

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes

Visit the Night Of Suicide bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-04-16 by Laurent Lignon
Hate Your Guts Records
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