TRANSFIGURATION MCD Page 1.
MEGIN GIORD ZINE (ENGLAND).
Unsilence is a name that I have heard kicking about for some time, but what with labels letting them down time and time again I'd failed to get my hands on any of their material, but thankfully the band have decided to get their collective shit together and put out this MCD. What we get with Unsilence is another great example of British Doom Metal which is a far reach from any 70's grove malarkey and instead focuses on some epic melodies with a real melancholy edge to them, not at times unlike Solstice. Throughout the CD the band hardly get past the mid pace, but still manage to keep things heavy with some strong riffing that benefits from the quality Academy sound. There's even a sneaking folk influence at play which weaves its way in between the doom heavy riffs giving the music a real feel of Albion. As already mentioned there is a real melancholy to the music, and this is aided with some heart rendering violin and acoustic sections mid song, not to mention the sorrow filled vocals. It's not all doom and gloom though as a few sections lend themselves to beer swilling and head banging, Particularly towards the end of 'The Gallery', something which should never be overlooked on any metal release. Comparisons could be leveled with Paradise Lost particularly with regard to the riff/ harmony combination the band uses so often, which harks back to the Halifax Metallers better days. On the down side there are a few moments which don't quite flow as they should and the vocals are a little on the flat side of things, lacking the range to really lift the band into another level, but having said that it's nothing that really hinders the band to a great degree. Overall a strong, nay very strong release that stands the band in good stead for greater things.
Review by Gavin Parkinson.
FITTED KITCHENS OF THE LIVING DAMMED (IRELAND).
It must be stated...this is ESSENTIAL. Doomy, very British Sound...though not along the Death-like Doom of early Paradise Lost, nor the gorgeously romantic sorrow of Anathema or the dirge-like misery of My Dying Bride....more along the lines of Solstice methinks...that heady mix of Doom and NWOBHM. 'The Gallery' is the clear pinnacle of this 3-song demo, what with it's middle being a statement of ahtmospheric genius, which could bring to mind earlier My Dying Bride. Great Stuff.
Review by Andy Orr. Contact: email@example.com
HAIR OF THE WOLF NEWSLETTER (ENGLAND).
Pretty neat Doom from the UK, slow and melancholic, a definite progression from the previous release. the clear vocals fit very nicely into the heavyish instrumental, with slow guitar tempos and a faster drum beat. The music has a very ondulational feel to it, with the guitars coming at you in waves, and the long drawn out vocals riding above them. As in the previous release, there seems to be a dichotomy between the slow doomy parts and the more hopeful sections, which gives it a pretty mature attitude. The production values have upped somewhat from the last time too, and while they are not perfect, they have the right feeling for the music. Good quality doom metal for the discerning listener. Pity the three tracks last only 20 minutes though.
Review by Sam Wright. Contact: http://www.cryogen.com/lycos
GODREAH WEBZINE (ENGLAND)
The new 3 track MCD recorded at Academy Studios is yet another giant leap in quality for a band who have all the makings for a classic Peaceville act if only some fucker would open their ears and listen.
Review by Crin. Contact: http://www.godreah.com
A FIRE ON THE SEA
A TORN SKY