|Mistress of the Dead provides yet another despairing funeral.|
|'White Rose, White Coffin' was originally released as a demo a year before Epidemie Records returned it to the world as the third "properly" released album by the one-man project called Mistress of the Dead. Having said that, I'd like to clear up one thing before I go on. 'I Know Her face from the Tombstone' was recorded and released as demo a year before 'White Rose, White Coffin' was, yet not properly pressed until a year after 'White Rose, White Coffin' had been granted that honor. In other words, when I now compare these two albums I am doing so while counting 'I Know Her Face from the Tombstone' as the predecessor.|
Even so, as I compare the two albums I don't find that many differences between them. The manner in which Worship, Skepticism and Until Death Overtakes Me has been mixed together is much the same in both releases. If I had to point out any single difference then I would either choose to mention how 'White Rose, White Coffin' is slightly more ambient, or how the tracks are now slightly more varied than before. Yet, I don't think I would do right in focusing on that when the music after all sounds like the two releases are part of a 2CD release.
Of course, novelty isn't everything. Vlad Christea Vales is a man who obviously knows his funeral doom and has a knack for setting moods of soul-consuming mourning and apathically desperate loss. It is this mood that I would claim is the whole meaning of this album and indeed the whole project. It is almost as if he with each new album re-explores these moods with an almost undetectable twist, each time attempting to push the music even further down into the murkiest depths of the mind.
Mistress of the Dead is a project which, I expect, will soon have grown big enough to become a household name amongst funeral doomsters. And I suspect that this album is the one they'll all speak of as the projects finest moment. At least, I personally find it to be nearly my favourite, second only to the 'Mistress of the Dead' compilation tape.
1. My Beloveth 2. The Fading Light in Her Dying Eyes 3. She Gave Me Her All... 4. White Roses, White Coffin
Duration : Approx. 76 minutes.
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