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Beyond Dawn : Pity Love

'Pity Love' is the first full-length release from this Norwegian band. Recorded in the fall of 1994 (a phenomenal year for doom, wasn't it?), this album offers nine tracks of experimental, melancholic music that should leave an impact on the listener.

The first thing that I noticed, are these intriguing trumpet-like sounds in the background. A closer inspection revealed that it's actually a trombone... Not an instrument you normally associate with metal music, is it?

I can safely say I liked this album from the word 'go'. Sheer originality is something I appreciate when it comes to music. There are two types of vocals; the clear, dreamy ones, at times slightly reminiscent of 'Serenades'-era Darren White, and the harsh, rasping vocals. The production is not the best I've heard, but we're all used to that when it comes to debuts. Plus it actually suits the music, blending with the gloomy guitars and the strong drums.

The main downside to this album is the fact that the songs are quite similar, due to the repetitive trombone melodies. Aside from that, I see no reason why this beautifully weird album shouldn't find its way towards its audience.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. When Beauty Dies
2. The Penance
3. (Never A) Bygone
4. Teardance
5. As The Evening Falters, The Dogs Howl
6. Embers
7. Storm
8. Ripe As The Night
9. Daughter Sunday

Duration : Approx. 54 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Bojan Janjanin
Forever Autumn
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