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Loss : Life Without Hope...Death Without Reason

This short demo, an advance of the upcoming release on Weird Truth Productions, came as a nice surprise. Loss hail from, of all places, Nashville, Tennessee. Certainly not a place one would expect doom to come from, but here it is, none the less.

The band bill themselves as a funeral doom act... well, I can agree with this, though I do find it a bit 'up tempo' for funeral doom. If I had to place them somewhere, it would be in the death/doom genre... but please, get those My Dying Bride images out of your head as Loss keep far, far away from any gothic and romantic cliches. This is doom meant to bring you down, and crush you under its weight, and damn it, that's the way it should be! You won't find any synths, or female vocals here, nosir!

I suppose, if I had to make comparisons, the most apparent to me, would be a slightly 'sped up' Thergothon, with hints of Skepticism (especially when it comes to vocals, though with Loss they are more up front in the mix... perhaps even a bit too much, but it doesn't take anything away from the music). Certainly not bad company to be in.

...and what is this I hear on the closer, 'Cut Up, Depressed And Alone'? Why yes, I do believe that would be clean guitar leads, with growled vocals over them. A nice touch, to be sure... and Loss pull it off really well. Indeed, the sometimes chugging, other times soaring guitars are the highlight of this demo. Loss is the type of doom you will want to hear when you get tired of all the synths, and 'romantic' trappings (notice, the last track is not called 'Razors, Sadness, And Solitude'... proving that Loss don't cloak their pain in some tapestry of false beauty). This is no-nonsense, straight-up doom that hits you from the start, and doesn't let go until the end... so throw away your synths, and pick up 'Life Without Hope...Death Without Reason' as soon as it's released. You won't be sorry.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Coffin Nails - Intromancy
2. Conceptual Funeralism Unto The Final Act (Of Being)
3. Cut Up, Depressed And Alone

Duration : Approx. 19 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Matt Zuchowski
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