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Lord Grief : The Ancient Path

Lord Grief hails from Boston, where he has have created his own kind of utterly depressive funeral doom. The most original part is perhaps the vocals. Where many bands would have resorted to growls, he instead use deep, mournful, clean vocals. Not even Barry White sings this deep. The only other place that I have heard such a voice is on Aarni's track; 'Transcend Humanity'.

Within the funeral doom genre it has thus far been uncommon with melodic bands. Lord Grief defies that tendency with strong keyboards and beautiful guitarplay. Strangely enough, this seems to make the depressive music rather... comforting? Perhaps the best way to describe it is as if the music makes being depressed into a pleasant state of being.

The demo has a tendency to be somewhat anonymous, but one track stands out. 'A Broken Dream' is more intense than the rest. The demo is generally good, but that one is clearly my favourite. It brings the essence of their music to another level and brings great promise of any future release.

'The Ancient Path' would probably be of most interest to fans of bands like Forest Of Shadows or Erg Noor, which are perhaps the most similar bands. It might be a bit too special for many, but everyone who fancies slow, melodic doom metal should try this anyway.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Mired In Sorrow
2. Stifle My Compassion
3. A Broken Dream
4. Stone Of Pain

Duration : Approx. 27 minutes

Visit the Lord Grief bandpage.

Reviewed on 03-03-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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