|I always thought that Elysian Fields played some kind of black metal, so you can imagine how big my surprise was when I bought this debut album from my fellow countrymen and discovered that they actually play doomy dark metal!|
Mid tempo or slow pace - and quite often the expected blackish acceleration - atmospheric keyboards and catchy riffs, make of this album a work in the typical Greek dark metal tradition, which means: warm, melancholic atmosphere, melodic and catchy guitar riffs and tasteful keyboards.
The work is also well produced, due to the excellent job of the notorious metalholic Magus Vampyr Daoloth (from Necromantia and ex-Rotting Christ fame, but also known from countless industrial/darkwave projects, as main editor of a popular Greek metal magazine and as owner of underground label Black Lotus records, go figure out).
The vocals are mainly blackmetallish shrieks (which would probably cause most people to classify this band in the black metal genre), but there are also some clean, wailing vocals that could be seen as a My Dying Bride or Anathema influence.
Maybe as a whole a bit too fast (especially the drumming, or should I say drum computer) to be true doom metal, but doomy enough to be appreciated by fans of slow, dark music!
1. I of Forever
2. As One
3. A Sentiment / I Was Dying Once Again
4. Of Purity and Black
5. Foredoomed Elegy
6. Father Forgive Them (for They do not Know)
7. Elysian Fields
8. Deicide / the Auspice
Duration : Approx. 41 minutes
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