This French quartet serve up an excellent mix of blackened doom of the sort midlife-crisis era Celtic Frost might have produced if had they been more focused and less experimental. The eight tracks presented here emphasize heaviness and thick layers of deep guitars. Neurosis come to mind, as do Velvet Cacoon, but I daresay this project steps far enough from its influences to shine with its own light.
Especially noteworthy are the black metal detours Mourning Dawn takes. The track "Innocence Leaves" trudges highly depressive doom terrain, then jumps into an abyss of mean blastmort. The emotion of exile is key on many of these tracks, forlorn and Burzum-ic wailings of the dejected wanderer. Brief, lo-fi interludes of viola and piano increase the creep of tracks "…As the Ocean" and "Grey Flood," and the massive opening (!) epic "From the Torrent & The Fountain" sucks the hearer into a whirlpool of misty dread. Lost souls bump and coalesce in this metal, and wheeze the sickness of damnation.
Dejected ones, rejoice! Highly epic, heavy, interesting, and full of stories. Also note that Mourning Dawn’s follow-up CD may be out on the Total Rust label by or near the time you read this. (8.5/10)
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