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Mourning Dawn : The Freezing Hand Of Reason

From having previously been a more black metal oriented band, Mourning Dawn has moved onto being a dark/doom band with plenty of fuzz and noise. The music is still quite active on the drums and sometimes too uptempo to be considered doom, but most of the time the doom shines clearly through the black metal elements.

Saying that this is a doom/black band isn't entirely correct. While the riffage, drums and growled vocals are in clear black metal style, the music is so drenched in noise that it undoubtedly has quite a few influences from the extreme noise scene. In any case all three elements are ideal for creating the cold, agressive and grim sound that you will find on this EP.

There are probably a lot of similar bands that have less doom influences, but on the doom metal side of the border the closest bands would probably be Bethlehem and Deinonychus. Undoubtedly this band does would stir interest in those of you who enjoy the aforementioned bands. The best part is probably that you can download the album for free on the band's homepage. And as if that wasn't enough, the previous releases can also be found there.

There aren't a lot of bands which make music that remind me of monstrosities I'm glad don't exist in the real world. Mourning Dawn pulls that off, however; images of beasts with daggerlike fangs, blood red eyes that glow in the dark, and with no intentions other than to feast on living flesh. Listening to this really got me in the mood for a good horror movie.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Cloak Of Ignorance
2. The Glazed Eyes Of A Growing Insanity
3. Remember
4. Sky Color Of Ashes

Duration : Approx. 31 minutes

Visit the Mourning Dawn bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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