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Dissolving of Prodigy : Lamentations of Innocents

What we have here is an extremely talented, but relatively unknown band from the Czech Republic. Dissolving of Prodigy don't belong to that anonymous area in the shadows of the monuments of the genre; they belong to the absolute top of atmospheric doom death. And perhaps they would already have been there if they came from the UK and/or had a better production on this album.

After a simply stunning classical intro, we are immediately thrown into a pool of misery and sadness. Slow, mournful, with painfully wailing vocals, this album sounds like a constant cry of desperation arising from the depths of a solitary soul, trapped forever in a prison of sorrow and desolation. Never harsh or brutal, the music drags itself forth at an uncomfortably slow tempo, always painful, always depressive, always hopeless. Soft, haunting background choirs, perfect use of flute and violin (the combination of these instruments on the same album almost never fails to send shivers down my spine) and whispers of anguish and uncertainty about one's fate, complete this unusually sombre and dark picture.

I already spoke about the 'weak' production; actually it's not weak at all, although quite unusual for the atmospheric doom death genre. The sound is muddy, dark and unclear, while the guitars seem to be suppressed and subdued. But this only adds extra depth to the creation of such dark, hopeless soundscapes.

I really wonder how many uninitiated doom fans can bear the extremely desolate, bleak nature of this work. The lamentations of the innocents echo through your head long after this album is finished. However, if you are into hopeless and depressive atmospheric doom death, you should already own this album or go and buy it immediately - if you are able to find it.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Lovely
2. Affliction
3. The Torment in Blind Eyes
4. Damocles Gladius
5. Unflading Sorrow
6. Prayer for Love
7. Luck of Tears (bonus track)
8. Echoes of My Sadness (bonus track)

Duration : Approx. 57 minutes

Visit the Dissolving of Prodigy bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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