|Ireland's Mourning Beloveth is one of those doom/death bands that surfaced only recently. They have existed since halfway the '90s. But the first time I heard about them was only in 2001, when their freshly recorded demo/mCD was being played in the break between the Peacefest gigs of Katatonia and My Dying Bride. But before that demo mCD (called 'Dust') they already released two demo tapes. This review is dedicated on the first of those tapes.|
The band, consisting of four members (vocals, two guitars, drums) lacked a bass player, but the bass guitar for this release was recorded by one of the guitar players. The recording happened as a student project for a guy called Adrian Butler who would join the band as bass guitar player shortly after the release of this demo tape and stay with the band from then onwards.
Both songs are in the same vein: Basic but excellent doom/death guitar melodies in the style of My Dying Bride flavoured by a deep death grunt, mixed with more atmospheric and even folky pieces. Some keyboard lines are added as a nice finishing touch, though not through the entire tracks. Superb bass intro on the first track, by the way.
The sound quality of the tape is what you would expect from a demo tape: Not overly produced, but more than clear enough to give an impression of the potential of the band.
The music sounds like older Anathema, guitar lines that remind of My Dying Bride, vocals and melodies sometimes remind of Paramaecium. This should give you an idea of what to expect of this Mourning Beloveth demo.
1. The Fruit & The Sorrow
Duration : Approx. 20 minutes
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