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Living Sorrow : Red Morning Sky

I have good news and bad news about this album. First the good news. This is a decent album, featuring catchy, melodic guitar riffs, an intelligible grunt, agreeable, melancholic keyboards and nice guitar solo's. Slightly comparable to bands like Alastis, early The Gathering or Moonspell (although these Germans sound much more superficial and unoriginal), musically they can certainly please the not too demanding, adolescent gothic doom fan.

Now the bad news. Lyrically, this album sucks bigtime. The first verse already shows a pathetic tendency of the lyricist to write his 'poems' in a language that he doesn't master and to try to make the verses rhyme no matter what: "The storm is near/a member of the fear/All life is gone/The darkness has begun." This great literary talent, displays further his undeniable genious with a verse like "The battle of might/Darkness vs. the light/I await the end/On the battlefield I stand." However, we shouldn't believe everything he claims, because a bit latter he makes this sophisticated statement: "All what I say are lies, behind is not before/All what you say are lies, a gate is not a door." This mighty warrior is also able to paint slightly surrealistic, abstract sentences like this piece of literature: "I dream a forbidden dream-DREAM/Anger, Nevermore, Grief, Eternity, Love, Intimacy, Kaos, Agony."

With other words: musically, one might feel like checking this out. But although people have the tendency to peek in the booklet while the album is playing to have an idea what the band is talking about, I would discourage everyone who takes his doom seriously to do so. Otherwise, this is camp of the highest level, so people who think that doom and humour could go hand in hand (Visceral Evisceration has proven that such thing could be possible-even if intentionally) or Ed Wood fans might dig this.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Destroy My Fear
2. Daily Lies
3. Materialized
4. Where No One Cry
5. A Look In The Mirror
6. Red Morning Sky
7. Contrary To Sun
8. Forbidden Dreams
9. The Days In September
10. Frozen Fire

Duration : Approx. 53 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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