|This young new band from The Netherlands recently surprised me with their first demo. As I knew they play Death/Doom and are influenced by My Dying Bride, I must admit I feared it was yet another uninspiring band. This style of Doom has after all in recent years been plagued by countless of un-imaginative bands. Luckily In Age and Sadness was able to surprise me with a solid slab of Death/Doom of good quality!|
The band doesn't wander off the often-threaded path; so don't expect any musical innovation that will shock the entire doom world. Instead expect a solid and highly enjoyable piece of Death/Doom, perhaps filled with clichés, but solid of structure and with good musicianship.
On the opener 'Nocturnal Whisperings' the band already shows they aren't afraid to step up the pace sometimes. The music often alters between faster more death-metal sections and slow mournful Doom. While grunted and clean vocals also alternate the focus lies on the grunts. Which I think is a good decision. Their vocalist doesn't have a bad clean voice, but also isn't exactly the best vocalist in the world. The choice to go with grunt most of the time is in my opinion a good one.
The weeping guitars, melodic keyboard lines and rolling drums complete the picture and make sure your interest is kept until the end of this short 24 minute demo. I picked up on several influences throughout the demo and while I am sure you can play the "spot the bands that influenced them" game quite easily, it doesn't really bother me. The level of song writing and especially musicianship is high enough to just make you focus on the music and enjoy it.
All in all I really liked this demo. Like I said it's not world shocking in originality, so if you’re looking for something special you might be disappointed. However if you’re simply looking for a good old dose of Death/Doom, then it might be worth checking these guys out. The quality of this release is certainly higher then the hordes of MDB. clone bands out there flooding the genre to a level it's become stale and started to reek. In Age and Sadness make a small, but valiant, attempt to revitalise the death/doom style and I comment them for that! Check out their website located at:
[edit by admin.: The band has changed their website address to http://www.inageandsadness.com.]
1. Nocturnal Whisperings
4. Vagrant Thoughts
Duration : Approx. 24 minutes
Visit the In Age And Sadness bandpage.