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Depressed Mode : Ghosts Of Devotion

Taking into account the sombre climate conditions in Scandinavia, it should yield no wonder that a lot of dark metal bands hail from these areas. Depressed Mode is one of the many Finnish doom metal bands, sending in their debut album 'Ghosts of Devotion' for our judgement.

At first hearing, the music can be described as slow, melodic doom metal, drawing many parallels to Shape Of Despair's 'Angels of Distress' album. The presence of Shape of Despair's female vocalist is only reinforcing this resemblance. Heavy synth layers are doubled up by heavy guitars, creating a massive wall of slow, painful and crushing doom. Main man Ossy delivers grunts that bear similarity to a fridge being dragged over concrete. So far, a job well done.

The biggest disappointment in this album, however, is the fact that – unlike with their big example Shape of Despair – every song is a continuous four by four repetition of the same motives or melodies, with too little variation to keep every track interesting till the finishing note. The band manages to construct a formidable sound, but the simplicity of the song structures cancels much of the awe that may have come of it.

The funeral doom version of Burzum's 'Dunkelheit’' is a nice extra to the album. This track seems particularly fit to be morphed into any doom band’s sound, as is also proven with Reverend Bizarre's cover of the very same song two years ago.

This young band has made its first mark on the scene with this debut album, and although it is not a shocking one, it is a good start. It remains a question into which direction the sound of this band will evolve, so that the band can find its own space in between the paths that have already been walked by others in the genre.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Alone
2. So Long
3. Words of Silence
4. Suffer in Darkness
5. Ghosts of Devotion
6. The Sun is Dead
7. Fallen Angel
8. Dunkelheit (Burzum Cover)
9. Cold

Duration : Approx. 51 minutes

Visit the Depressed Mode bandpage.

Reviewed on 10-10-2007 by Arnstein H. Pettersen
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