Mourning Beloveth
A Disease for the Ages


4.0
excellent

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
May 17th, 2008 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: It doesn’t top The Sullen Sulcus, but Mourning Beloveth have definitely found their niche with this impressive foray into doom.

A Disease for the Ages, doom outfit Mourning Beloveth’s fourth venture, is a culmination of the band’s previous three albums, and a finely crafted piece of work. It seems the band knew exactly what they had so far achieved, and blended their experiences into what we have here, A Disease for the Ages.

Remembering that this is doom metal, A Disease for the Ages is a grandiose, almost uplifting album, and shows how the band has mastered the art of making a lengthy track seem all the more shorter. I won’t lie by saying previous Mourning Beloveth albums haven’t dragged; in many instances certain songs would be so much better if they were cut down and not long simply for the sake of being long. A Disease for the Ages overcomes this hurdle at which Mourning Beloveth have previously stumbled, and not by reducing the song lengths. Clocking in at a few minutes under an hour, and spread across a mere 5 songs, it may seem like the usual doom-fare; a small collection of long and uninviting songs. This, however, is not the case with A Disease for the Ages. The success of the album is mainly due to the fact that Mourning Beloveth have seemingly accelerated their songs to the point in which they’re no longer wallowing in slow tempos. Obviously in relative terms, it’s doom metal so it’s going to be slow, but in respect to what Mourning Beloveth have done before, it definitely has a more outspoken feel to it.

The vocal section, albeit arranged differently, is just as good as ever. Vocalist Darren Moore is his usual monstrous self, but his Irish tinged spoken word is hardly used at all. I think I heard it only once, on the track ‘Primeval Rush’. Although his growls aren’t incredibly varied, A Disease for the Ages shows that he is able to adapt quite well to the semi-different musical environment, and he truly shines on the album. There is, however, a big change in Frank Brennan’s clean vocals. His previous solemn vocals have been transformed dramatically, and he seems to have gotten a greater grasp of melody on A Disease for the Ages, which coincides perfectly with Moore’s gutturals (not that they didn’t before). Moments in which they perform together, as can be heard on the track ‘Trace Decay’, are momentous. The only negative thing I have to say about Brennan is that on the odd occasion, he aimed for a high note which was unattainable, resulting in what could be perceived as a strain in his voice. It makes no difference to me though, and overall his vocals are sublime.

A Disease for the Ages brings forth a new bassist, Brendan Roche, and his input, although being generally overshadowed by the guitars, is very good; he seems to perfectly complement the music. The band also gives him the opportunity to take the lead, such as in the beginning of ‘The Burning Man’, and elsewhere. In order to add to that extra crunch, the band uses two extra layers of the rhythm guitar, to create a ‘wall of sound’ effect. Don’t be mistaken in thinking this creates an indistinguishable rabble of sound, a la black metal, it merely just makes the riffs sound heavier and crunchier. The accelerated tempos have created another positive, allowing drummer Tim Johnson to give what is an incredible performance.

What I loved most about the album however, was the fact that it so seamlessly blends in a progressive edge to the music, which is enhanced to a great effect by the gushing melody the album has. On previous albums, the band would go through a variety of riffs, generally playing them after one another, and repeating them 4 or 8 times. This worked well to an extent, but if any given riff was not that great, it would drag the rest of the song down with it. What Mourning Beloveth have done on A Disease for the Ages is hidden this systematic line of riffing; they’ve disguised any attempts to define the songs as structured. Now I’m not making any wild suggestion that the music is progressive doom, all I’m saying is that the way in which the songs have been written most definitely contributes to the albums accessibility, making it in general a much easier album to get through. This song writing ingenuity, coupled with the melody, really makes it an enjoyable listen.

The final point I’ll make is concerning how melodic this album is. Mourning Beloveth is known to have a greater sense of melody when it comes to doom, and A Disease for the Ages is a prime example of this. You’d be hard pressed to find moments on the album that aren’t gracefully exuding melodious music. I found it interesting that A Disease for the Ages really differs from earlier albums in terms of the overall sound of the album. The similarities are still there, but there is an epic-like quality on A Disease for the Ages which wasn’t apparent on earlier albums, and although still being quite dark, it doesn’t have the previous sullen undertones as on the aptly titled Sullen Sulcus. This might be due in part to the seemingly faster speed at which the album goes, but the band has definitely found a comfortable position in regards to their song writing.

This is easily one of the better albums I’ve heard this year. Whether or not it’s because it’s doom is beside the point; this album is incredibly consistent, reflecting the band’s own work ethic, and there’s just a delicate uniqueness that comes with Mourning Beloveth which cannot be replicated. Highly recommended.



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AngelPhoenix
May 17th 2008


2764 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is really really good. Primeval Rush in particular blows me away.

beans
May 26th 2008


2332 Comments


haven't heard of this before
but im always up for some more doom
great review by the way

rasputin
May 28th 2008


14555 Comments


Totally unlucky. Before the database crash, this had over 80,000 views, and now it's not recent anymore and no one cares *cries*

Willie
Moderator
May 28th 2008


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

You can give them the old review ID and they can restore the comments (and I think it restores the views and votes too).

Digging: Kenn Nardi - Dancing With the Past

rasputin
May 28th 2008


14555 Comments


yeah I tried that and it kept redirecting to some delted review with Silverchair's Frogstomp album cover so I didn't bother. It's not that important anyway, at least the review was saved. I lost 13 reviews for good because of the crash.

Willie
Moderator
May 28th 2008


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The old review ID will give you that default page, but they can recover all your old comments and stuff with it anyway.
I'm at work for the next six hours, if you list them I'll try to find them.

rasputin
May 28th 2008


14555 Comments


The old reviews?
Here they are:
ahab - Call of the Wretched Sea
doomthrone - Skeleton Veiled in Flesh
inborn suffering - Wordless Hope
pathogen - Nightfall
pathogen - Tyranny of Hatred
opeth - My Arms, Your Hearse
mournful congregation - The Monad of Creation
the vasco era - Miles
the vasco era - Oh We Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside
bloodbath - unblessing the purity
alkonost - Stone Heart Blood
paradise lost - shades of god
wormphlegm - tomb of the ancient king

Cheers for this mate

Willie
Moderator
May 28th 2008


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

DeletedThis Message Edited On 05.28.08

rasputin
May 28th 2008


14555 Comments


Oh sweet man, thank you so much for this. ANyway I can help? Also, when they're all found shall I just ask in the forums for them to be reinstated giving the link?This Message Edited On 05.28.08

Willie
Moderator
May 28th 2008


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

When they're found you're going to want to copy the link, paste it in a browser window and open it. Then copy your review and paste it in word (re-do any formatting) and then repost it as a new review. You're going to want to do this as soon as possible because eventually the reviews will be cleared from the cache and you won't be able to get them back.
If you want the comments back then you need to post the old review ID and the new review ID in the thread they have made for it.

Willie
Moderator
May 28th 2008


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

The only one I can't find is Doomthrone, but the rest now have links.

rasputin
May 28th 2008


14555 Comments


No worries, I'm not so worried about one review. Thanks so much for this, I'm in your debt. By the way, I forgot to tell you, I've had Daemonarch for a little while now, listened to it a few hours ago and it's really good :D
Also, can you delete the links? I've got them all down, and they're stretching the page.This Message Edited On 05.28.08

Willie
Moderator
May 28th 2008


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

No problem. I think Daemonarh has the best vocals of any project he has sang on (which is only Moonspell, I guess).
If I were you I'd still copy the reviews from those links soon even if you don't post them now, because eventually they'll be deleted from google/yahoo.

rasputin
May 28th 2008


14555 Comments


YEah, I've copied them all into word documents, except for the Inborn Suffering one which didn't seem to work, and I searched for it myself and it's not there. Perhaps that one was already deleted?

And yeah, his vocals are monstrous anyway, but Daemonarch's music allows him to sound even more aggressive. Listening now, it's awesome.

Willie
Moderator
August 22nd 2008


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Ha ha, I forgot that I tracked down all your deleted reviews while bored at work. Anyway, I have since heard "The Sullen Sulcus" and "A muderous Circus" and my question is: You say this isn't as good as TSS but is it at least better than AMC (that album kind of bores me. they lost the cool melodies).

rasputin
August 22nd 2008


14555 Comments


Yeah, cheers for that mate
And yeah, pretty much. This is a very solid album but doesn't quite match The Sullen Sulcus in awesomeness, and A Murderous Circus is probably their worst album. I think even their debut Dust is better than that, although I've only heard a couple of songs from AMC. If you loved The Sullen Sulcus and want some more, this does the job, basically.

Willie
Moderator
August 22nd 2008


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Cool. I should have got this instead of AMC, but I figured I had a better chance of AMC sounding like TSS since it came right after it.

rasputin
August 22nd 2008


14555 Comments


yeah, I remember you telling me about it when you got it. I'm curious to see how bad it really is, but I can never find a download. I never looked very hard though.

Willie
Moderator
August 22nd 2008


16117 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I'd give you a link, but I bought it. I'm sure it's out there somewhere though. I don't have any type of torrent software or anything, but I can e-mail it to you or something.

rasputin
August 23rd 2008


14555 Comments


Nah it's no big deal, I only want to hear it out of curiosity. I'll find it eventually, and if not it's no big loss.



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