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Elysium : Dreamscapes

Is your idea of a good time to dress in black, dim all the lights, pour yourself a glass of blood-red wine, put a depressing CD in your CD player and dream away to ideas of how romantic it would be to leave this earth? Do you nevertheless like your music filled with grunts and distorted guitars and always stand around really confused at goth parties wondering what all that dance music is about? Well then Elysium might just be your cup of proverbial poisoned tea.

The Australians from Elysium offer anything a romantic doomster's heart can wish for: slow mournful melodies, lush but modest keyboard arrangements, sorrowful grunts and the occasional female vocals (provided by Judy Chiara from Avrigus). This is highly recommended to anybody into bands like My Dying Bride or earlier Lacrimas Profundere. Elysium will assure you of almost an hour of sorrow filled music with no upbeat notes to be found. They perfectly set the mood for an evening of moping and looking at the ceiling in despair, crying over a lost loved one.

Unfortunately this also leads me to the only point of criticism I have about this band. Like the name of their band, this is anything but original. Elysium offers quality moping music, but they don't offer any new ideas or ever manage to surprise the listener. They provide exactly what you'd expect of them. Whether this is a good or a bad thing, I will leave up to the individual listener.

After this release the band renamed themselves to Stone Wings, this due to the numerous Elysium's that already walk this earth. I've also heard from the band that their newer work will be more groundbreaking. Still I don't think this is a bad album at all, if you're looking for sorrow filled death/doom-metal to spin in-between listening to My Dying Bride and Saturnus then I can most certainly recommend 'Dreamscapes'.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Dark Woods and Willows Wild
2. Graven Bay
3. Elysium (Gallery of the Fallen)
4. These Bleak Enshrined Emotions
5. Remorse at Dusk
6. Leafy Tendrils (Part One)
7. Millenia Gone

Duration : Approx. 54 minutes

Visit the Elysium bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
No God Only Pain
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