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Earthcorpse : Born Bleeding

Oh, revising old albums, the ones I've listened to some time ago, is a task which holds a trap in its midst: I bear the positive impression of a great album, than the time passes, during which many other good, great, unique recording fall into my lap, causing the almost forgotten older releases to be overshadowed by the more recent ones. The result? A somewhat disappointment when listening to past recording yet another time, a disappointment whose result is a question: What have I found in those early albums in the first place? To this question not always do I find an answer, but none the less I'll try now, anyway... Earthcorpse's debut 'Born Bleeding' may be the most romantic doom/death album ever written. It oozes with feelings of broken hearts, lost loves, the death of smiles and the loss of hopes to love or be loved... Those issues are so NON metal, that every redneck metal head would immediately dismiss them as wimpy and ludicrous... Love? Lost love? What the fuck? However, give me themes about love and its being lost any day, instead of the bullshit ridden issues with which "real" metal has been dealing since the dawn of the first distorted power chords 'till this very day... This said, Earthcorpse deliver their emotions (or should I say the death of emotions?...) in the coolest way (forgive me for the childish description, as I couldn't find any other more suitable description, really...).

The music the band plays is a very melodic doom-ish death metal, not so dark as full of feelings inwards and to the outer parameter i.e., the feelings the music conveys towards the listener, in a growled, devoid-of-keyboards, simple-to-the-hilt, metal music. Yes, it is metal indeed, but more important than this, it is music, music for the sad, the heart-broken, the lonely and for those who search for a soul mate only to realize their efforts are futile in the end... The kind of doom/death displayed here is basic, simple and linear, melodies created solely by the dual guitars with an exception to the closing opus which is introduced by a delicate piano playing a set of repetitive tunes that fade away when the song itself takes the lead... To say the truth? I was sure it will impress me much more than it has while listening and writing this review. I know it had impressed me a lot the first time I listened to it, but now? I just am not sure... Nothing outstanding really, just good music, not amazingly original nor innovative, just good music... It is interesting however, that listening to this album gives me a sense of purity, as if I'm hearing something clean and pure and fresh, as opposed to other metal releases that often give me this dirty feel, if you know what I mean...This is a music of life, on all its extreme emotions: The searing pain of disappointment, forsaken love, and harsh hatred to the beloved one who has gone... This is truly music to listen to while making love, if your partner is somewhat kinky that is, and prefers doom/death in the background...

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Shine
2. On Darker Shores
3. Something More
4. Lifeless
5. Born Bleeding
6. Earthen

Duration : Approx. 46 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Chaim Drishner
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