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Stabat Mater : Mournful Congregation/Stabat Mater Split

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Again Painiac Records unleashes a fresh slab of extreme doom from its dark dungeons and what else can we do but welcome it with open arms…

Mournful Congregation celebrates a decade of Doom this year and this will be accompanied by an all new full length later this year. Luckily, we get a bit of a teaser in the form of 'A Slow March To The Burial' on this excellent new split 7".

I think it is safe to say that although the song lacks a bit of the epic feel that was present on the last two releases, it is the most solid effort by the band to date. 'A Slow March To The Burial' is just that, and yet so much more. The listener is swept away instantly and sees, feels and exists through the lyrical boy at his father's funeral. The impressionistic lyrics and translation of experience to music form one captivating whole that plods along at the metaphorical funeral pace. It has quickly become one of Doom Metal's clichés, but rarely have I heard it executed so simple, yet so well. After hearing this one can only be anxious for 'The Monad of Creation', which will see the dark of night later as the Earth drags its course around the accursed sun...

And now… Stabat Mater are a bit of an enigma still. Little information can be found on the net about these Finnish doom mongers, and their work has been thus far released through splits with other bands (this one and the one with Worship). Perhaps this will change in the future, but at the moment things are a bit vague.

The music speaks for itself though. Where their previous song 'Give Them Pain' was a little disturbing because of the samples of ladies in a tight situation involving whips, this song is more basic. Slow doom with grunts, riffs and sporadic leads make up 'Gates' which at first seems a bit boring, but manages to engrave itself in your mind so that it becomes a very mellow, pleasing track to listen to. Quite the opposite of its predecessor, I must say, but interesting nonetheless. In short, nothing quite remarkable, but I have a suspicion that Stabat Mater will be able to surprise us sometime in the future with a new trick up their sleeve. As a side note, I just have to mention the oneliners that Painiac engraves into each of its releases. Look for them in the center of your record. This one has: "The tagedy of man is…what dies inside himself while he still lives." A great touch!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
Mournful Congregation:
1. A Slow March To The Burial

Stabat Mater:
2. Gates

Duration : Approx. 14 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
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