|This album was originally released during the short period when the band had shortened their name to Bertha. More precisely in the year 2000. At that time it was released on tape by Hobgoblin Records. In 2004 the album was re-released on CD by Stygian Crypt Productions. This time under the bands "proper" name: Little Dead Bertha.|
Before the first release of this album the band played a My Dying Bride-esque type of melodic doom/death. On 'Two Sides...' the band changed their style to get away from the constant comparisons to them. Now they wanted to play a style of gothic metal that is more typical for Eastern European countries. The music still has its doomy moments, and even a real doom track, but mostly the band have evolved away from that.
The music ranges from the semi-brutal, to the bouncing folkish sound, to melancholy. Unlike so many gothic metal bands the band achieves this without hardly any use of synths. You will hear the appropriate violin and beauty and the beast vocals. I swear I also hear a piano in the background from time to time, but it's quite faint.
All in all, the music is very active, even lively. It reminds me a lot of folk music, but I can't really point out any elements typical to folk metal. Instead the band has somehow bent the music to feel very similar but without taking in any influences from it at all. Clearly the music is quite different from what they have made before. But unless you're a die-hard doomster you would probably agree with me that it's better that they go their own way instead of copying some idols.
I know it's hard to get hold of CD's from Russia without ordering them from their home country, but for gothic metal fans I think it would still be well worth it. But don't expect their next releases to be gothic as the band informed me that they are going to go in a melodic death metal direction from now.
1. Intro. Sunrise
2. Two Sides Of...
3. Frosties War
4. The Dawn Of Times
6. Who Dares...
7. Remember Future
8. The Timelessness
9. Furtive World
Duration : Approx. 61 minutes
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