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Klimt 1918 : Undressed Momento

Klimt 1918 are a band I've previously never heard of. They play a very melancholic metal/rock with gothic elements and a tad of doom at times. It would probably appeal to fans of latter day Anathema and Katatonia. This isn't the most challenging album to listen to; in fact, the full-length will probably click straight away, and even though it sounds extremely familiar, I still find the urge to play this record a lot. Maybe it's because Klimt 1918 have released a near flawless record of this style of music, whilst not being groundbreaking.

After a very odd field recording for an intro, the actual album starts. The music is very hopeful sounding with some typical Katatonia style riffing and very good clean vocals which are heavily accented. However, this really appeals to me for some reason. I can't explain it, they aren't perfect by any means, they just sound really good and are perfectly suited to this style of music. At times, there are sections that really irritate me, they sound too upbeat and positive for my taste, like the beginning of 'Parade Of Adolescence'; yet later in the same track there is an awesome riff that wouldn’t sound out of place on an all out doom-metal record. This pattern continues itself throughout the rest of the album, hitting in places, completely missing in others, but as I mentioned, this is probably due to the fact that this isn't my preferred style of music. In all, I'm not sure if I would recommend this to most doom-metal fans, maybe a few, particularly those of the lighter styles of doom like latter Anathema, Katatonia and possibly My Dying Bride. Extreme doom fans should steer well clear. Either way, at the end of the day, Klimt 1918 have released a very solid record with excellent vocal work that I really (if a little guiltily) enjoy.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. -
2. Pale Song
3. Parade Of Adolescence
4. We Don't Need No Music
5. Undressed Momento
6. That Girl
7. Naif Watercolours
8. If Only You Could See Me Now
9. Stalingrad Theme

Duration : Approx. 46 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Scott Wickens
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