|'Conversion', Mirror of Deception's second release on the Miskatonic Foundation label, has this much-improved German doom band continuing down the dark path established by their landmark 'Mirrorsoil' album. The shortcomings found on 'Mirrorsoil', which mostly had to do with decisions made in mixing and production, have been addressed and the band has taken a quantum leap forward on their journey to the pinnacle of True Doom.|
Make no mistake, 'Mirrorsoil' was a fine effort, with superb songwriting. For me, the problem was in the sound, which was bass-shy and mixed too hot, with a trebly, hashy sheen on the guitars and vocals. This definitely detracted from that doomy feeling, which we all know is best expressed with a powerful bottom end. Thanks to engineer Carsten Fisch, 'Conversion' is a much richer, warmer-sounding record, with lots of tasty, natural tone.
The first thing the astute listener will notice is the lack of the trademark Mirror of Deception twin vocal attack. This is because vocalist Markus Baumhauer has departed after 10 years with these veteran doomsters. However, guitarist/singer Michael Siffermann does his best to flesh things out, and the result is smooth, clean, almost soothing vocals. Happily, the songwriting is as good as 'Mirrorsoil'; perhaps even better. This is a feast for fans of epic, trad doom. 'Distant', with a mournful spoken intro, is a great example of what the group can do: take the sound of trad doom groups such as Candlemass and give it their own Teutonic spin. They even mix in some of their distinctive "throat singing" into the background. 'Conversion' and 'Vanished' are melancholy, beautiful, bludgeoning trips to that desolate land where Doom rules unchallenged and there are no thoughts at all of sunshine and muscle cars.
If you're into the traditional doom of Pentagram, Count Raven, Candlemass, Solitude Aeturnus, Solstice, Warning, old Katatonia, or St. Vitus, then dig on 'Conversion'. It's their best yet.
Duration : Approx. 25 minutes
Visit the Mirror of Deception bandpage.