|Intaglio are the first Russian funeral doom band to be officially released, so first of all, my congratulations to this band and Solitude Productions, who have the guts to start an underground doom label in a place where there was none before.|
So, what do we get from this doomy duo? This self-titled debut album contains a short intro and three long tracks of funeral doom with a relatively light sound. 'The Beginning' is a very nice introduction based on a few lead guitar layers; very serene and calm. The remaining three tracks are composed of slow doom metal riffs accompanied by leads and growls, sometimes interspersed with the same relaxed melodies we find in the intro. The result is an enjoyable, laid-back funeral doom CD, which isn't really depressing or gloomy, contrary to the general tendency of the sub-genre. The sound of the band is most reminiscent of that of Evoken, because of the way riffs and leads are paired, but that's where the similarities end. Obviously, Intaglio has little of the crushing funeralish doom/death style of these Americans.
My main point of criticism is that the songs lack variety in some aspects. While the slow pace suits the music, there isn't happening enough in terms of song progression and tempo to keep all parts interesting. The band should also try and incorporate more different sounds and melodies like the one in the intro into their main tracks as well, to raise the level. On the whole, though, while this isn't groundbreaking material, it is a promising debut from two young Russians and I encourage them to continue this line of work, as they've definitely got their own sound within the subgenre. 'Intaglio' is worth checking out for funeral doom fanatics, but probably won't appeal as much to others.
1. The Beginning
2. Dark Cherry Day
4. Wind Of Autumn
Duration : Approx. 47 minutes
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