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Raventale : Bringer of Heartsore

There isn’t much Doom Metal left any longer in Raventale latest effort.

We left Raventale earlier this year with the release of ’After’ and, as anticipated, Astaroth, Raventale’s mastermind, has come back to us with yet again another album entitled ’Bringer of Heartsore’. It seems that Astaroth and Benighted in Sodom’s Matron Thorn are both fighting to earn Solitude Prod’s award of most prolific performer. Not being foul-mouthed though because, likewise, the two guys have released good records that were 'different' from one another.

This is the case with ’Bringer of Heartsore’. While ’After’ was more of a Black Doom record, taking from early Anathema and Drudkh at the same time, its successor goes yet into another direction. It's more Black Metal than it was before and the Doom parts have mutated into something more Prog-like. Basically, the chrysalis that was ’After’ has turned into a full-winged moth. Early Anathema has turned to late Anathema (‘Detachment and Solitude’) whereas Drudkh has turned to Hate Forest (‘Anything is Void’). The mixture is rather uncommon as it features classy 'warm' guitars as well as martial pounding.

The main issue with Astaroth’s latest effort might well be that for us, Doom Metal lovers, there isn’t much Doom Metal left any longer. The music does reek of despair and emptiness but its treatment is much more Black Metal-ized. Still, if you enjoyed Raventale’s previous releases, the progression will seem rather natural and it’s not like you’ll be thinking 'boy, what is that band?'. It does retain the classic melancholy, the polished production and the impression that you’re walking through Ukraine’s pine forests and maybe we shouldn’t be expecting a band to stagnate and always deliver the same music (as long as it’s no 'Lulu' or 'Illud Divinum Insanus'”...).

On the other hand, if you’re not familiar with Raventale’s earlier records, you may as well postpone getting ’Bringer of Heartsore’ and well... start from the start.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Anything is Void
2. Twilight, the Vernal Dusk
3. These Days of Sorrow
4. Breathing the Scent of Death
5. Sailing to Further
6. The Last Afterglow Burned
7. Detachment And Solitude
8. Alone with Heartsore

Duration : Approx. 40 minutes

Visit the Raventale bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-11-19 by Frédéric Cerfvol
Aesthetic Death
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