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Unmercenaries : Fallen In Disbelief

Unmercenaries' full-length debut adds plenty of interest to its Funeral Doom palette.

This is another quality release by MFL records: Unmercenaries are three members strong, and they offer up four songs of Funeral/Death Doom gloom. This album came out in 2014 and the three members are all experienced musicians, who have been part of bands such as Decay of Reality, Who Dies in Siberian Slush and My Shameful - to name a few. The countries of origin for this musical box of mysteries are Russia and Germany.

Well, what presents itself in 'Fallen in Disbelief' is a pretty great and solid album. Lead guitars are really put together well, and the tempo changes are superb throughout the journey ahead. The feel you get is plain dark heavy Doom at its finest; with Sludgy sounds in some parts, but mainly thick guitars carry the weight of the four songs.

The bass and drums fit perfectly, with the bass not hidden and having its own freedom of spirit to roam and stand out. All guitars and bass were recorded by Gungrind, while the ever present thundering drums are provided by Jürgen Fröhling.

The vocals by E.S are deep, guttural, and just monstrous. The way they flow over the riffs is sometime hypnotic. Daniel Neagoe from Eye Of Solitude also does guest vocals on 'Circles Of Disbelief'. Pads and various elements only add to the building of certain parts of the songs. It's a joy to listen to. Even some of the guitar has a Black metal feel on some of the fast melodies.

Musically, it reminds me of Thergothon and Evoken - which is not bad at all! Piano and acoustic guitars give a really mournful feel to the overall impression of the album. I'm feeling pretty depressed after the last song 'A Beggars Lesson' finishes. It's over 15 minutes of swaying rhythms that leave you wanting more. A really sombre story could be told over these end parts. Almost Folk in sound, I love this - it's just so different and bleak.

What I enjoyed most is the building up and tempo changing throughout each song. It really feels like you're going somewhere, but may never actually reach the destination. It's not a normal Doom album, as I feel it has some great moments that are very different in expression and feel. I can't completely put my finger on it, but it seems very different to the usual Funeral stuff that's out there at the moment.

If you enjoy despair and an air of hopelessness, then this is a must for any darkened soul.

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Reviewer's rating: 9/10


Tracklist :
1. Among The Stars
2. A Portal
3. Circles Of Disbelief
4. A Beggar's Lesson

Duration : Approx. 44 minutes

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Reviewed on 2016-06-06 by Riccardo Veronese
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