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Shining : Shining/Dolorian Split

After four years of silence, Dolorian make themselves heard again on this underground split release with doomy black metal legends Shining. They deliver one soul-crushing track each on this well produced little slab.

Shining have opted for one of the least original covers as far as classical music is concerned: 'Chopin's 'Marche Funèbre'. Like Until Death Overtakes Me, though, they pull it off quite well, albeit in a tempo that is not as crawlingly slow. The drums, bass and rhythm guitars lay a solid base and the keyboard bells provide the melody on top. About halfway into the song the vocals are introduced, after which it picks up again as it began. A short song, but very powerful in its mid-tempo black/doom atmosphere, which benefits much from 'Chopin's classic melody, however, and less from the band's own merits.

'Ekstasis' showcases what we can expect from Dolorian the coming period, and also what has happened in the past few years. The song was recorded in 2002, so it lies about halfway between 'Dolorian' and the third full length, which will hopefully appear somewhere in 2005. The song sounds familiar in the sense that elements from both previous albums can be heard in it. The overall sound is much thicker and heavier than on the self-titled album, and the vocals are a mix of old and new, as there are whispers and heavily distorted screams. Melodically, the song is a bit of a new direction for the band, as it feels more epic and grand than the older works, and more crushing also. Very entrancing!

This limited to 500 release comes with tasteful purple layout and is highly recommended to any fans of the bands and those who are into black and/or death/doom. Dolorian's effort is the highlight of the 7", and it bodes very well for the band’s future work.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Through Corridors Of Oppression

2. Ekstasis

Duration : Approx. 10 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
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