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Mar de Grises : The Tatterdemalion Express

One of the least likely countries, Chile, produces one of the most powerful debuts this year will see, as Mar de Grises release their full fledged album unto the doom-loving world through Firebox records (who else?) With this effort the band waves the South American doom banner high and proves that modern doom is still an evolving genre where there is room for a broad spectrum of sound.

As became clear on the self-titled demo of the band, they play Doom/Death, but in a very original fashion that was perfected on this album. Above all Mar de Grises play dynamic music, which ranges from crushing heaviness to culminating emotion to delicate fragility. It is rich in tempo changes, solos, varied vocals and exciting through and through. The melody is a very important element, and it is borne by the guitar leads and the keyboards, of which the latter are exceptionally well suited to this type of music.

A bit of criticism goes out to the lyrics, where the English isn't always entirely as it should be, but on the whole this doesn't make a big difference and other bands, Shape of Despair for example, have been known to get away with such things as well because of the quality of the music. Mar de Grises have no trouble whatsoever meeting that criterion.

Highlights of the album are the beginning of 'El Otro', which approaches Funeral Doom and the wonderful 'Storm', which was redone for this album, along with 'Recklessness'. The subtly climaxing 'Onírica' is the perfect end for this album, which will prove to be one of the better debuts of the year.

This is a must-have for anyone seriously into modern Doom/Death and for fans of Funeral Doom as well.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. El Otro
2. To See Saturn Fall
3. Storm
4. Recklessness
5. Self Portrait no 1
6. Be Welcome Oh Hideous Hell
7. Onírica

Duration : Approx. 56 minutes

Visit the Mar de Grises bandpage.

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