Mourning Dawn
Mourning Dawn


2.5
average

Review

by rasputin USER (196 Reviews)
January 8th, 2009 | 45 replies


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A trite offering of doom influenced black metal.

Taking influence from their more depressive black metal counterparts and fusing this with founder Laurent’s doom background in such bands as Inborn Suffering and Funeralium, Mourning Dawn play a form of black metal that aims to be both sinister and mournful; they do succeed in certain instances, making a decent effort to incorporate the various doom and black styles into a single unified sound, but unfortunately for the band, Mourning Dawn overall comes off as a tiresome and repetitive album, relatively simple at its most complex and rather boring at its most exciting.

In a reasonably successful way, Mourning Dawn do create a unique portrayal of blackened doom. However, rather than expanding on this throughout the album, the band repeats the same musical ideas constantly, which is then exacerbated by tracks that are far too long. Heavy and permeating riffs are aplenty, along with a complementing side of tremolo picked guitar lines that saturate the soundscape, but it is this same structure which is used incessantly on the album that makes it a tedious listen. There isn’t any shortage of melody, both ominous and gloomy, but a lot of it is very forgettable, not being the sort of depressive music that one can really connect with. There are some shining moments, like the well placed lead guitar line midway through ‘Innocence Leaves’, but in actual fact there is literally nothing that differentiates one song from the other – they all become a single, unmemorable blur.

Making matters worse, any semblance of ‘flow’ is nonexistent on Mourning Dawn. A quick listen to the first song ‘From the Torrent and the Fountain’ will show the simplicity in Mourning Dawn’s songwriting; the fourteen minute track is like a compilation of different sections just stuck on after each other. To give the band some credit, some of them are quite good, such as the Leviathan-like rolling guitar lines found in the first two minutes, but every couple of minutes the song slows to a stop and is picked up again by a different riff or melody. Sure, this is a technique used in a variety of different ways in a plethora of different genres, but in the case of Mourning Dawn it leaves the album feeling disconnected and with a huge absence of fluidity.

Laurent’s work on Inborn Suffering, as fantastic as it may be, should not contribute to expectations one may have in regarding his work on Mourning Dawn. How different he sounds is merely a compliment to him as a vocalist, and as much as his raw undecipherable gutturals and screams here suit the music, they can become very irritating. Although sounding pleasantly menacing, his throaty roar begins to dull not even halfway through the album, somewhat due to their nature but also due to the blandness of the music. The production is sort of hollow, and this doesn’t do Laurent any favours in regards to his vocal work. His spoken word, much like his spoken word on Inborn Suffering, is completely useless.

Ultimately, Mourning Dawn is a bland album. There are plenty of good ideas floating around its hour length, but none of these shape up into anything substantial. Commendation must be given for the band’s attempt at tackling what is really a difficult fusion of genres to be successful in, but even this does not save the album from being insipid and rather tasteless.



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rasputin
January 8th 2009


14550 Comments


A quick write-up, a boring album.

BallsToTheWall
January 8th 2009


44630 Comments


Blackened doom is something I hold in interest. Totalselfhatred is a great example of depressive black/doom so I will probaly myspace this with limited hopes. Good review.

Digging: Mare Cognitum - Phobos Monolith

fireaboveicebelow
January 8th 2009


6837 Comments


well I was going to listen to this literally in 5 seconds, but I'll just delete instead

if you want blackened doom, balls get LossThis Message Edited On 01.08.09

rasputin
January 8th 2009


14550 Comments


Loss aren't blackened doom man

Hawks
January 8th 2009


35838 Comments


I listened to a song on myspace and it didn't sound too bad, but I could see what you mean about it getting boring.

BallsToTheWall
January 8th 2009


44630 Comments


Well, i'm going to be frank. Black/doom is probaly one of the more exciting hybrids of metal around, to me anyways. Probaly because it hasn;t been exploited yet. Dolorian is really cool at making itdark ambient-esque.

rasputin
January 8th 2009


14550 Comments


The only really good black/doom band I've heard is Forgotten Tomb. Most other bands are really average.

Hawks
January 8th 2009


35838 Comments


Forgotten Tomb rules.

BallsToTheWall
January 8th 2009


44630 Comments


I have that one album and it's crap.

rasputin
January 8th 2009


14550 Comments


I don't know why you don't like it Balls, it's really good.

Hawks
January 8th 2009


35838 Comments


If you're talking about Songs to Leave, then yeah its really good. Haven't heard anything else from them.

rasputin
January 8th 2009


14550 Comments


Springtime Depression is also pretty good Hawks, check that out as well.

SnackaryBinx
January 8th 2009


2309 Comments


man, what if Taksim Trio had doom influences? that just popped in my head.

Essence
January 8th 2009


3586 Comments


rasputin ur too strict

rasputin
January 8th 2009


14550 Comments


man, what if Taksim Trio had doom influences? that just popped in my head.

taksim trio are the doomiest of them all
rasputin ur too strict

you got to be able to pick out the easy meat with your eyesss closeeeed

BallsToTheWall
January 8th 2009


44630 Comments


Songs To leave made my listen a rather depressive and unenjoyable one. Maybe that was the point but i'll take TSH or Nortt over them.

SnackaryBinx
January 8th 2009


2309 Comments


man, i wish i knew more about black metal.

rasputin
January 8th 2009


14550 Comments


Maybe that was the point but i'll take TSH or Nortt over them.

Nortt are okay from a musical perspective (nothing special), but the fact that his vocals aren't substantial and just roll around loosely is really annoying.
man, i wish i knew more about black metal.

if you give in to my sexual advances maybe you will learn

joshuatree
Emeritus
January 8th 2009


3742 Comments


forgotten tomb rule balls why havent you admitted this yet
and nortt's goddamn terrible

SnackaryBinx
January 8th 2009


2309 Comments


i already give in to your sexual advances



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