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Wedding in Hades : Misbehaviour

Wedding In Hades' sophomore album clearly shows that the band still has a lot to give.

They say that the first album shows your style, the second album is there to prove that you have (or don't have) anything more to say and the third one is there to cement previous opinions. In the case of the French Wedding In Hades, their first album was a fine take on the classic Doom/Death canvas with melodic twists inspired by the Götheborg bands. And this new one, their second offering, clearly shows that the band still has a lot to give.

The first thing that springs to the ears of the listener is the change of pace: slower. The band seems to have decided to go even further down the path of Doom/Death, albeit still keeping its identity intact. In fact, while 'Elements Of Disorder' had some distinct Katatonia elements in it, 'Misbehaviour' sounds a bit more Russian-influenced. Shall we blame that on the fact that Wedding In Hades are signed to a Solitude Productions sublabel? I don't think so. But there's a very distinctive way of presenting sadness and sorrow here that reminds me of the best bands on the Solitude roster.

The Doom/Death presented here is, then - as you might have already guessed - very classic. And this is what makes this album so good: it is classic, to the point that it could be recommended to a newbie in the genre, yet there's a vibe that is simply pure Wedding In Hades trademark. Is it in the Heavy Metal-influenced solos? Is it in the deep yet melancholic growls of S.T.? Is it the very clever use of the keyboards, always complementing the music instead of drowning every other instrument under a rain of notes? Is it in the fine lyrics, reminding me of a much better written Cemetery Of Scream (at least here, you don't get some damned exotic take on the English language)? All these, and many more, make 'Misbehaviour' an enjoyable ride, shifting effortlessly from Atmospheric Doom to Doom/Death to Gothic Doom and back again without ever seeming awkward or out of place.

Being more mature and refined than their already good first album, 'Misbehaviour' shows that Wedding In Hades are a band with more than just potential. Any fan of Doom/Death who likes some atmospheric and/or romantic elements in their music should give these Frenchmen the support they deserve.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Forsaken
2. Men To The Slaughter
3. Sleeping Beauty
4. Dust In A Stranger's Eyes
5. Regrets
6. The One To Blame
7. Almost Living (But Not Dead yet)
8. Men To The Slaughter (Reprise)

Duration : Approx. 56 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-06-04 by Laurent Lignon
Hate Your Guts Records
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