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Ekklesiast : ...Kogda Mertvye Vetvi Vosprjanut Ot Snov

'...When The Dead Boughs Will Awake From The Dreams' - [edit by admin.: that is the english translation of the title] - is the second release of Russian doom/death band, Екклесиаст (Ekklesiast). All of the song titles, and the album title are in the band's mother tongue (indeed, vocalist, Alexander Senin, sings all of the songs in Russian), however, they were nice enough to provide a booklet with english translations of all the lyrics, and the album title as well.

This release finds the band playing a fairly straightforward, no-nonsense style of death/doom, with a mix of clean, and grunted vocals, and the occasional use of keys as backup in some areas. The clean vocals, especially, remind me quite a bit of early Anathema... well, perhaps what early Anathema would've sounded like, had they sung in Russian. The grunted vocals are nice, as well... very easy on the ears, and not muddled in the mix, or otherwise unintelligable. A 'grunt lite', if you will... but it works extremely well.

Overall, Екклесиаст do everything very well... only problem is, I find that some of the songs aren't exactly original. A lot of this album has the whole 'been there, done that' feel to it. Normally, this would turn me off a band quite a bit, however, the songs on this release are still interesting. I found myself enjoying their familiarity. For more information on the band please see: ok.novgorod.net/ekk

[edit by admin.: The old link is dead. Here is the new one: http://ekklesiast.ucoz.ru/enews.html]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Грусть Этих Дней
2. Пророчество Гибели
3. Точка Отсчета
4. Осень Мира
5. Укрой Меня Снегом
6. Город
7. Звезды Твоего Неба
8. Пробуждение Среди Теплых Дней
9. Шаг К Вечности
10. Отблески Небес

Transliteration (with translation in parenthesis):
1. Grustj Etih Dnej (Grief Of This Days)
2. Prorochestvo Gibeli (Prophecy Of Doom)
3. Tochka Otscheta (Countdown Point)
4. Osenj Mira (World's Autumn)
5. Ukroj Menja Snegom (Cover Me With Snow)
6. Gorod (The City)
7. Zvjozdy Tvoego Neba (Stars Of Your Sky)
8. Probuzhdenie Sredi Tjoplih Dnej (Awakening Among The Warm Days)
9. Shag K Vechnosti (Step To Eternity)
10. Otbleski Nebes (Reflexes Of Heaven)

Duration : Approx. 55 minutes

Visit the Ekklesiast bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Matt Zuchowski
Aesthetic Death
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