Mournful Gust
The Frankness Eve


3.5
great

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
October 30th, 2008 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Although bordering on standard death/doom, Mournful Gust deliver an album that is accessible, enjoyable, and well made.

My initial thoughts of Mournful Gust’s The Frankness Eve were rather dubious. Naturally, having low expectations coming into the album may have influenced my afterthoughts, but I was duly impressed by what the death/doom band had to offer. Very much abiding by every cliché in the sub-genre’s book, the band still manages to keep a sense of individuality from amongst their peers. Nevertheless, as much as it starts off strongly, the album dips in quality in particular instances, seemingly becoming repetitive towards the second half. This is not so much a result of the band’s songwriting, which is far from bland, rather a slight excess of a good thing; the album drags on longer than it should.

Beginning with ‘A Pain to Remember’, Mournful Gust make no mistakes. One of the better tracks on the album, the song immediately introduces us to vocalist Vladislav Shahin, the star of the show. As the song opens, Shahin lets loose a low growl, which sits very comfortably with the backing melody; an all too common thing on the album, and a significant factor behind its success. Furthermore, unlike other death/doom bands that rely on good gutturals to take our attention off terribly weak singing, Mournful Gust take pride in Shahin’s singing abilities. ‘It’s Our Own Tragedy’, entirely void of growls, shows off Shahin’s grasp over his voice. Deep and sonorous, his voice has a commanding presence, making a fantastic song out of a musically weak track. This interplay between his growls and singing continues throughout the album, and provides for an enticing experience.

Mournful Gust rarely stray from the sound that they establish with ‘A Pain to Remember’. Although becoming somewhat formulaic, the band sticks to it and do the best they can with what they have. In terms of songwriting, the band does not excel as much as one would hope; nevertheless, there is a feeling of authenticity emanating from the sextet. This can be seen through the various melodies that are found on the album; hailing from Ukraine, the band have allowed the influence of their home country’s traditional music to seep into The Frankness Eve. It remains subtle, yet gives the album an edge that makes it all the more appealing.

There is an inherent smoothness about Mournful Gust’s music; the production is lush, and the use of layered synths gives it a very uniform fluidity, only matched by the very best of death/doom. This comes with a downside however, in the fact that although being a consistent album, there were no moments which really sat me on my arse. Moments of brutality on Inborn Suffering’s Wordless Hope, or a desolate melody on Mourning Beloveth’s The Sullen Sulcus gave these albums an exciting touch, and kept me coming back for more. The Frankness Eve is relatively tame in comparison, but still manages to hold its own. For fans of Hanging Garden, Inborn Suffering and DOOM:VS.



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rasputin
October 30th 2008


14555 Comments


The length of this isn't reflective of how long it took to write, I for some reason found it hard to get started. Still a pretty average review, but eh.
And no, this isn't Christmas doom!

fireaboveicebelow
October 30th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

YES IT IS!

I love the clean vocals on this

rasputin
October 30th 2008


14555 Comments


Yeah, he's got a great voice.

Willie
Moderator
October 30th 2008


16116 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Soooo, this is what Christmas Doom sounds like... I'll have to give a listen. For standard funeral doom I don't see how you could have written much more than this without it getting repetitive. Voted


Digging: Kenn Nardi - Dancing With the Past

fireaboveicebelow
October 30th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I will be playing this when Santa comes to steal my cookies so I can mourn for themThis Message Edited On 10.30.08

rasputin
October 30th 2008


14555 Comments


I can just imagine you falling to your knees as time slows, and 'A Pain to Remember' begins to play, and you growl along. Would be brutal.

fireaboveicebelow
October 30th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'll take pics

BallsToTheWall
October 30th 2008


44785 Comments


The clean vocals were a bit to take in but should have no problem getting into. Nice review, i love Ukranian metal.

Digging: Pink Turns Blue - If Two Worlds Kiss

beans
October 30th 2008


2332 Comments


yet again, another album reviewed i've never heard of, i will download later tonight
great review

Essence
October 30th 2008


3587 Comments


Fa-la-la JUN JUN JUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUN
DOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

Wizard
October 30th 2008


19607 Comments


This sounds somewhat appealing so I think I may just head over to their myspace page for a song or two.

Why aren't you staff rasp? This review proves you have what it takes......................maybe they are afraid you would create a 'Doom' genre on this site and open up the gates of hell........................OHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Digging: Earth - Primitive and Deadly

bastard
October 30th 2008


3435 Comments


congrads rasputin on contributor.

mynameischan
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2008


17939 Comments


CHRISTMAS DOOM

fireaboveicebelow
October 30th 2008


6837 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

YES I GOT A STAFF TO AGREE!!

rasputin
October 30th 2008


14555 Comments


haha thanks a lot guys, it's much appreciated

fireabove, what did you do?

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2008


20857 Comments


Yep, congrats Rasputin... Well deserved... Despite the fact that I don't think I will ever listen to an album you review.

rasputin
October 30th 2008


14555 Comments


I've reviewed non-doom, and non-metal albums, before you know.

DaveyBoy
Staff Reviewer
October 30th 2008


20857 Comments


Yeah, I know. I remember the Lisa Mitchell reviews & stuff like The Cranberries & Electric Six. I shouldn't be so dead-end with my comments.

rasputin
October 30th 2008


14555 Comments


Nah, that's cool :P
I've done a fair few doom reviews lately, I should do some other stuff. I think it's because I'm rather busy with uni and writing about doom is fairly easy and doesn't take too much effort.

Wizard
November 2nd 2008


19607 Comments


Now that you've accomplished contributer status, please fight for a doom section on this page.



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