Beyond Dawn
Pity Love


4.0
excellent

Review

by Trey Spencer STAFF
February 1st, 2008 | 19 replies | 6,462 views


Release Date: 1995 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A band with a horn section that isn't Ska or sung in Spanish??? That's right, and in fact they're Doom and they're really good.

I’m constantly searching for new music in any genre that I’m into, and one of the main criteria I look for is for the bands to do something different and not just copy the accepted norm for whatever style of music they play. Thanks in part to the abundance of Doom I’ve been reading about on this site lately, I’ve kind of been in that mode of music again. With that in mind, when I found this album in the used bin yesterday I decided to buy it even though I wasn’t really sure what they played or if it was any good; I only knew the cover and song titles seemed like they could be Doom or at least Black Metal (plus they were on Candlelight Records). I am happy to report that I am not disappointed in the least, and they even managed to fall within the criteria of being different enough from the rest of the bunch to make me happy in that regard too.

Within seconds of the first song, “When Beauty Dies” (available to listen to on this page), one of their unique elements is already showcased; and those elements are Trumpets and Trombone. I didn’t believe it at first either and had to read the credits in the cover, but it’s true; they have a full time member who plays brass instruments. Most people associate horns with Ska and Mariachi music, but it works surprisingly well within the context of a Doom song, functioning mainly as the melodic element of the music. After a few moments the guitars and horns fade away, and another unique element takes its place, and that is the use of electronics. The electronics in these songs are used in a way similar to how they’re used in recent Katatonia albums in that they’re subtle and mainly used to help create and sustain the atmosphere.

At the same time that the electronics and clean guitars come in, the vocals also come in. The vocalist starts the first song with a very deep and depressed vocal style that sounds more Bauhaus then Type O Negative which gives the Gothic elements of their music a more credible edge. The song continues to move back and forth between the heavier guitar and horn-driven section and the Gothic electronic section until the end when yet another element is introduced. The heavy section comes back in, as it already had a few times, but this time the vocalist has changed his style to higher pitched Black Metal vocals. As the song faded out I was hooked, only hoping that they could sustain this level of quality through the entire album… unfortunately the quality does drop in some instances.

The middle songs are all still really good for the most part, but they seem to lack the exciting dynamic of the first track. They’re generally slower with fewer shifts from loud to soft, which makes them harder to get into, but maybe they just require more time then the few days I’ve given them. In fact, a lot of the middle songs are a lot more dark and mellow then the opening song, and the vocalist tends to lean more towards the clean goth-side of things, with the Black Metal vocals only used to accentuate peaks within the songs. It works well, but I still wish they had included a few more songs similar to the opening track. One thing that does remain constant is that the brass instruments continue to carry the dark melodies of the music, while the electronics serve as an eerie backdrop.

The album closes perfectly with my favorite song from the album, “Daughter Sunday”. It is similar to the first track in that it retains the dynamics from loud to soft and makes more use of the heavier music and black metal vocals, but it goes beyond that by lasting for over nine minutes, allowing it to brood and really create a dark atmosphere. With that song still in my head, it’s hard to say anything other then it is a shame that this album is so unknown because it is really good. I can’t really see anyone that’s into the dark sounds of Doom not liking this, because the only complaint I could see coming is if they didn’t like the old-school goth vocals that are sometimes used, or if the album wasn’t consistently heavy enough for them… but neither of those things should be an issue in my opinion.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
Willie
Moderator
February 1st 2008



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

There are two songs on this page to check out. The song, "Storm" is probably the most mellow on the album and not totally representive of its direction.
I also found out why this band and album is so unknown... they switched to a goth/Depeche Mode style after this that apparently isn't very good (according to reviews I read).

rasputin
February 1st 2008



14538 Comments


Nice review, this sounds interesting.

Willie
Moderator
February 1st 2008



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Check out the songs on this page... if you like it I'll give it to you, cause I think it's out of print so you won't find it unless you stumble across it like I did.

Pebster49
February 1st 2008



2991 Comments


DOoom RULes! We need more Doom Reviews! Nice review, im listening to the two songs as I type

Willie
Moderator
February 1st 2008



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I agree... Reznor is doing more then his share of representing Doom at this point.
Hopefully you like those songs as much as I do...

Pebster49
February 1st 2008



2991 Comments


Storm was pretty good, but I really like Beauty Dies...I probably will get this...Man doom is awesome. I usually get all hyped up on Doom in rampages. Then all I listen is doom all day, usuaually when I listen to Novembers Doom! I love that band.

Willie
Moderator
February 1st 2008



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I bought the latest November's Doom without ever hearing them before, I thought it would be less aggressive then it turned out to be... but I like it.
This album is out of print so if you can't find it then give me your e-mail and I'll put it online and give you the link.

Confessed2005
February 1st 2008



3314 Comments


I like Doom but I'm rarely in the mood for it anymore.

BallsToTheWall
February 1st 2008



44164 Comments


Doom is pretty big this past month. 3 of my last 4 reviews have been Doom as well. You might want to check out Draconian- Arcane Rain Fell, it's a solid album and band. As for this, another solid review, and I feel like checking this out later today.This Message Edited On 02.01.08

fireaboveicebelow
February 1st 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

willie, how do I give you my email?

and btw ballstothewall, the new draconian cd is damn good

Willie
Moderator
February 1st 2008



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Post it here... and I'll leave another message when I have it so that you can delete it from here if you want.

Wizard
February 1st 2008



19308 Comments


Doom isn't really my taste in Metal, but Willie, you have convinced me otherwise with this review. The review was well written as usual (that saying is becoming unnecessary when describing your reviews hahahaha). I will most certainly be checking this album out. This Message Edited On 02.01.08

Digging: Downer - Downer

fireaboveicebelow
February 1st 2008



6837 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

thanks a lot 8DThis Message Edited On 02.02.08

Willie
Moderator
February 1st 2008



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

No problem... I sent you an e-mail so you can take your address off of here if you want.

Wizard... thanks for the appreciation... did you listen to the songs on this page to see if they change your opinion on doom at all?This Message Edited On 02.01.08

Wizard
February 2nd 2008



19308 Comments


Hahaha I didn't have time last night to check them out, but I wrote them down on my list of priority music. I'm bogged down with alot of good listening right now. Everything needs a fair chance to be absorbed and I will come back to this review with a response when I get around to them.

I checked out a few tunes from this last night. Not really my cup of tea. Its that damn Doom metal that I just can't get into.This Message Edited On 02.07.08

rasputin
May 13th 2008



14538 Comments


Listened to the available tracks, Storm was decent, very melancholic, but When Beauty Dies was amazing.

Willie
Moderator
May 13th 2008



15900 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Damn, I forgot that I posted songs for this album on my review or I would have told you. Like I said on my list (in case you didn't see it), the album is out of print so if you can't find it just let me know.

rasputin
May 13th 2008



14538 Comments


It's ok, it's in my possession at the moment, while listen tomorrow, busy wwith an essay atm.

thehutt
December 6th 2012



1 Comments


Heard this band on a Candlelight Records Sampler CD and it took me years to track it down after that. Class review! Always been a favourite 90's doom metal album of mine.



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