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Madder Mortem : Mercury

Not everybody shares my enthusiasm for this Norwegian band centred around front woman and vocalist Agnete M. Kirkevaag. This however does not stop me from trying to promote this wonderful band and especially this great album.

In a nutshell, Madder Mortem plays a sort of emotional dark metal with the same doomed fairytale like feeling of early The 3rd and the Mortal or Left Hand Solution. Especially Agnete's painfully emotional vocals contribute to the fairytale factor. Musically you will also definately have the feeling that they imitate The 3rd' some times, like on 'Under Mother Moon'. Still, Madder Mortem are in my opinion too strong a band to be considered just a mere clone.

Strong songwriting, emotional lyrics and the previously mentioned voice of Agnete, make 'Mercury' into a highly emotional trip from the pits of depression to the angel filled heavens. The painfully sorrowful 'He Who Longed For the Stars', belongs to that ever elusive category of songs that can send shivers down my spine. Especially the parts where Agnete, accompanied by only an acoustic guitar, sings "In this painful world, no one is spared. He who longed for the stars. Their icy silence Frozen eyes, just frozen, ice in his words". The album however has a lot of other highlights, like 'The Remants' or 'These Mortal Sins'.

This is music to take you away to a land filled with mysticism and untold sorrow. If you look past the sometimes extreme resemblance in the music to The 3rd and the Mortal, you will find a jewel of an album here.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Undertow
2. Under Another Moon
3. He Who Longed For the Stars
4. These Mortal Sins
5. The Grinding Silence
6. Loss
7. Remnants
8. Misty Sleep
9. Convertion

Duration : Approx. 52 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
Aesthetic Death
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