|'Memorial of Suffering' is the CD release of the band’s first and only demo. The demo was originally recorded in 1996, and the band broke up soon afterwards. It belongs to the majority of doom metal albums of the era, meaning doom/death in the vein of the Peaceville three, and in their case especially My Dying Bride. In my ears, at least, there are also at times some hints of Amorphis, Orphaned Land, and Septic Flesh. The outcome of this mixture is above average and sometimes shows great potential. |
The band is heavily dependant upon its dual guitar melodies to create their melancholic landscapes, and they do it quite well - even with the total absence of keyboards. The singer uses both clear vocals and death grunts. The death grunts are very good but the clear vocals are at their best, mediocre. The tracks are all very close in terms of quality, but I particularly liked 'In My Tomb', 'The Weeping of Unborn Children', and 'No One Remains'.
In summary, it is a good album for fans of the aforementioned bands; and adding the fact that despite the re-mastering (it is a demo) then a second chance to listen to a band from the past that could have been great should be considered.
Before closing this, I wanted to add the fact that on the live video track, again, they don’t have keyboards; but instead…they use a cello.
1. Memorial to Suffering
3. In My Tomb
4. The Weeping of Unborn Children
5. Rover of Sin
6. No One Remains
In My Tomb (live video)
Duration : Approx. 52 minutes
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