|This is a surprisingly well-crafted demo. Mournful Grace play a kind of death/doom that reminds very much of early Paradise Lost and the Anathema demos. Opener 'Despise, In the Name of Hate' literally blows you away with brutal blastbeats, hateful grunts and outstanding guitar work.|
The rest of the material is of the same high quality, consisting of early death/doom with the familiar characteristics: mournful guitar harmonies that suddenly switch into brutal death metal assaults, heroic guitar solos and a voice of hate underlying the whole. Once in a while a clean voice appears and there lies the main weakness of this demo. The clean vocals are terribly out of place and tune and the fact that the vocalist has a lisp when he sings clean, doesn't help their cause. And while the distorted guitar work is simply brilliant, some clean guitar parts here and there sound a bit clumsy.
Despite all this, there is huge potential here. The band has good songwriting skills, know how to keep their tracks interesting all the way (which canít be said of most contemporaneous doom bands) and their lack of originality is completely irrelevant, as they prove that they have the skills to pull off this nowadays forgotten style of death/doom. Add to all this the excellent sound quality and rambling guitar sound that puts many 'professional' bands to shame, and you know that we are talking here about a big promise for the future.
The band can be contacted via their website at www.mournfulgrace.135.it.
1. Despise, In the Name of Hate
3. An Eternal Season of Sadness
Duration : Approx. 20 minutes
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