|After their promising demo, this is the second work of Mournful Grace that falls into my hands, and Iím very glad to hear that the band has made 100% progress since their latest release. The solid guitar work that underpins their track on this split reminds once again of the old school doom death sound of the Peaceville three, although bands like Indesinence and Imindain also come to mind occasionally.|
While the grunted vocals remain as powerful and convincing as ever, the biggest progress compared to their previous work lays mostly in the improved clean voice, that is now much better integrated to the whole in the form of chanted vocals. Furthermore, the atmospheric elements are also better thought off compared to their previous demo, adding a very welcome element of Italian darkness and weird psychedelia at times.
Historiae is an entirely different matter, as the blackened guitar tones suggest as soon as you turn over the vinyl. This is a band clearly more influenced by the depressive black metal school of bands like Shining or Xasthur. The sound is generally dark and miserable, except of the coda at the end of the song which ends the track in a melodic, almost uplifting note.
The much-needed variety between the two tracks makes this very limited split highly enjoyable if you are into the bands/genres mentioned above.
1. La Nobilita de Fallimento
2. De Karmica Meditatione
Duration : Approx. 16 minutes
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