|This limited to 500 7" picture disc is the first in a series of five which will showcase Ireland's finest in metal. Doom/death veterans Mourning Beloveth team up with Lunar Gate to show what metal in Ireland is all about. Among others, Primordial, Mael Mordha, Cruachan and Geasa will feature on future releases from this series by Sentinel.|
Mourning Beloveth have proven with their last album that they are among the best in today's doom/death scene and this new, previously unreleased track is no exception. 'Part 1' is in the same vein as the six brilliant tracks on 'The Sullen Sulcus', but it adds a new perspective as well. Besides the familiar strong riffing, leads, Darren's growls and Frank's clean vocals, there is the addition of whispered screams in the middle section. The song ends with a true headbang that harkens back to when "my days were in mourning". I guess you can spot the reference somewhere on this page… [edit by admin.: "This page" refers to the old layout of Doom-Metal.com where all the reviews of one band were on one and the same page. The quote itself refers to 'Dust'.] This is simply top notch, despite the production, which is significantly 'underground'.
Lunar Gate is a band I hadn't heard of before, which is no real surprise, given the relatively small international fame of most Irish bands. They deliver melancholic mid-tempo melodic metal led by a good female vocalist (that says a lot coming from me). 'Latitude' is a reworking of the title track of a self-produced mCD by the band, which I don't have available as a reference. I’ll have to make do with just this, but that's enough. The song has a surprising appeal; surprising because I generally have little love for this style of metal. The overall sad atmosphere that lasts throughout the song is quite catchy, the way it is delivered by gentle guitars and soft vocals. The addition of a tenor saxophone as a solo instrument seems rather pointless, but it is not annoying either. All in all a very decent work, which may be interesting to the more 'soft' doomsters.
And now, a final word about the layout. For a picture disc, I find the depiction rather uninspired, and I hope future releases will feature a bit more attention in that area. Besides that, this is all good stuff...
1. Part 1
2. Latitude (variation 2003)
Duration : Approx. 13 minutes
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