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Mist of the Maelstrom : Death Of The Sun

Mist Of The Maelstrom, Seth Hodson's solo slab of extreme Doom, is a raw and uncompromising glimpse deep within the more glacial depths of the genre. Visions of cold desolate landscapes are conjured in abundance on 'Death Of The Sun', Mist Of The Maelstrom's debut full length. 'Death Of The Sun' offers 10 tracks of creeping pestilence guaranteed to bring a smile(or a tear) to graveside devotees everywhere.

'Death Of The Sun' has a very earthy aura about it; each song is seemingly infused with the harsher undercurrents of nature. The presented music is appropriately spacious and visceral, like the silent yet horrific aftermath of a battle fought on an open field. 'Death Of The Sun' could easily be catagorized as a eulogy for such an event. The atmospheres present on this release are eerily fantastic.

Far more modern trappings populate 'Death Of The Sun's glacial timbre, as Seth proves to be quite adept at the employment of piano and acoustic guitar. This only adds to the airy, rural perception of the album, and perhaps colors it a bit with a decidely romantic element. Such opposing shades help to create a very fluid tension within the album - one which entices the listener to stay until the final resolution.

'Death Of The Sun' is far more about atmosphere than technicality, and to this end Mist Of The Maelstrom perform beautifully. On certain passages, the guitar seems to be slightly out of tune, or the employed twin-guitar harmonies could be disharmonic. This of course may have been intentional, but I'll still include it as my lone complaint.

Mist Of The Maelstrom has begun to emerge as a very real contender with the ranks of extreme Doom. 'Death Of The Sun' is a statement of great future potential. I'm certain within the next few years we'll be reading and hearing far more about this band.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1.Ten Thousand Eyes
2....And Their Stony Gaze
3.Death of the Sun
4.Fire and Shining Gold
5.Eternal Twilight
6.In Memory of Thunder
7.God of Gold Light
9.The Silver Sun
10.Dawn of Gold

Duration : Approx. 71 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Timothy Coleman
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