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Blood Tears : Symphony of Dark Chords

Sometimes you just long back to the good old days of quality Death/Doom-metal. Around the time this genre appeared, only a handful of bands put out high quality gems on silver disks. Whilst Blood Tears is a relative newcomer, they come a long way in making you relive those days.

Throughout the five tracks on 'Symphony of Dark Chords', Blood Tears produce atmospheric Death/Doom with subtle keyboard backing and strike a good balance between the Death-metal and the Doom-metal elements. The music is neither overly Death-metal nor very Gothic-metal sounding, making sure we are served a fine slab of Doom. They also vary well between up-tempo more "hateful" parts and very slow and melancholic sections, all done with the well-known mixture of grunts and clean vocals.

Whilst, as you might already have gathered, Blood Tears hardly walks outside the often-treaded paths of their peers and contemporaries, they don't strike me as just another clone band. Admittedly, what they do is nothing new, but because the music flows and is very well balanced you aren't aware of having listened to the same album rehashed and re-released. Blood Tears know the tricks of the trade and they execute them extremely well. A welcome relief for everybody who was getting desperate for some new old school Death/Doom in this recently Death/Doom barren landscape filled with emotional rock and experimental Doom.

To some degree Blood Tears does remind me a lot of Insanity Reigns Supreme, another one of those bands that doesn't do anything world shockingly new but just sounds so good and enjoyable. I am also rather glad Blood Tears decided to stick to one style of music and not, as with most newer Doom bands, try and mix ten different styles within the space of one song. No pretentious Gothic-metal that fails to hit the mark, nor badly executed Death-metal with Doomy bits. With this demo Mcd you can be sure of what you're buying; a solid slab of Death/Doom-metal all the way. This is something for the people who enjoy old Anathema, Morgion, Saturnus, Insanity Reigns Supreme, and My Dying Bride.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Shinning Face
2. In a Sea of Sadness
3. Reithia Mother
4. Jail of Solitude
5. My Last Days

Duration : Approx. 27 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
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