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Ekklesiast : Holod

Екклесиаст (Ekklesiast)'s latest release, sees them sticking to their style of straightfoward death/doom, however, also adding some new, and interesting elements to the mix... including acoustic guitar, and female vocals. Once again, all of the songs are sung in Russian, except for 'Step To Eternity', which is in English.

The first thing which is evident, is that the band have softened up their sound considerably on this album, what with the addition of acoustic passages, and female vocals. This works very well, and gives nice breaks to the usual death/doom. They've also sped up a little bit, and some black metal elements can be heard in some songs... especially the track 'Microcosmos'.

My main complaint about the last album, the lack of originality, is certainly not a factor here. The songs on 'Холод' ('Holod' - 'Cold') do not have a 'been there, done that' feel to them... in fact, they are all quite original, and interesting. The various additions, have certainly spiced the music up... and I found myself looking forward to each new track, wondering what I was going to hear next.

So, if you're a fan of straightfoward death/doom, get '...Когда Мертвые Ветви Воспрянут От Снов' ('...Kogda Mertvye Vetvi Vosprjanut Ot Snov' - '...When The Dead Boughs Will Awake From The Dreams') first, then pick this disc up. However, if you would prefer something more varied, and softer, skip the first release, in favour of this one.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Цветок Тревоги *
2. Микрокосм *
3. Пламя Желаний *
4. Глаза Чужих Миров *
5. Seasons
6. Step To Eternity
7. Превращаясь В Лёд *

Transliteration (with translation in parenthesis):
1. Cvetok Trevogi (Flower Of Dismay)
2. Mikrokosm (Microcosmos)
3. Plamja Zhelanij (Flame Of Desires)
4. Glaza Chuzhih Mirov (The Eyes Of Other Worlds)
7. Prevrashtajasj V Ljod (Turning To Ice)

Duration : Approx. 35 minutes

Visit the Ekklesiast bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Matt Zuchowski
No God Only Pain
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