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Ekklesiast : Holod

This Russian band plays a sympathetic mixture of various melodic dark/doom metal styles. Fans of bands like Katatonia, My Dying Bride and Anathema will without any doubt recognize many of the typical characteristics of their favourite bands: harmonic, melancholic guitar leads, beautiful acoustic intermezzi, and a careful balancing out of male/female clean vox, spoken parts and deep grunts are some of the familiar elements that can be found in this record. However, Екклесиаст (Ekklesiast) don't just copy their idols.

The band don't hesitate to speed up here and there, incorporating some more aggressive, menacing metal parts that fit very well with the rest of the music, which is definitely a bonus in this otherwise quite tame genre. Another plus point are the Russian lyrics, which bring an extra exotic dimension to the sound of this melancholic congregation.

All in all this is a well-crafted, balanced work that deserves to be heard by fans of melodic dark metal. The band can be contacted at ekklesiast@mail.ru.

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 Kostas Panagiotou
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