Flame, Dear Flame
The Millenial Heartbeat


3.5
great

Review

by manosg STAFF
May 18th, 2019 | 13 replies


Release Date: 04/05/2019 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Promising female-fronted epic doom metal with loads of potential.

It was April or May of 1996 when I was exposed to The Gathering’s Mandylion and Theatre of Tragedy ‘s Velvet Darkness They Fear on the very same day. Needless to say, their effect was immediate, profound and everlasting as 23 later, both of these gems are part not only of my youth but also of my regular playlist. Now, you might wonder where do these two bands fit when Flame, Dear Flame cite Atlantean Kodex, early Manowar, and Hammerheart-era Bathory as their influences. Well, Theatre of Tragedy have no place whatsoever apart from my little story above, however, while listening to The Millennial Heartbeat I couldn’t help but getting some Mandylion vibes. This is probably due to the combination of the doomy guitars with female vocalist Maren Lemke’s frail and melancholic delivery, which brought to my mind a less untrained, yet amazing, Anneke Van Giersbergen.

Unlike Mandylion, the Germans’ debut EP has no gothic leanings as it’s a fine slab of epic doom metal which indeed features some textbook Bathory riffing with Atlantean Kodex aesthetics. However, if I had to bring up another point of reference, maybe one a bit more up to date, that would be Lethean’s debut from the previous year, The Waters of Death. Essentially, The Millennial Heartbeat is a concept album which consists of three parts. The story is described by the band as “the genesis of the ocean and the thanatography of the land, a testimony of the forces of nature and its frailty alike”. I don’t know if that seems to you a bit vague and confusing, because to me it does, but with such an emotional delivery by Maren, it almost doesn’t matter what she sings.

However, to have a new band release its first official material in the form of one 21-minute song broken down into three parts is not only ambitious; it is quite ballsy, as a certain level of execution is required, but, surprisingly for a new band, these guys have made it. Therefore, The Millennial Heartbeat is a very promising debut, as it reveals a great deal of potential. Now, if only Flame, Dear Flame work on adding some, much needed, variety and differentiation to their songwriting in the form of faster songs/parts, we might have something pretty special in our hands…




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manosg
Staff Reviewer
May 18th 2019


11745 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This is very interesting, as it consists of a 21-minute song broken down into three parts and gives me strong The Gathering (Mandylion-era) vibes. So those of you who love epic doom or The Gathering, give it a shot and tell me if I'm tripping (most probably am) or if it rules, it's only 21 minutes.

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BallsToTheWall
May 18th 2019


49824 Comments


Oh, hello yeah!

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Nocte
Contributing Reviewer
May 19th 2019


10643 Comments


Imma check this one out too

Dewinged
Contributing Reviewer
May 20th 2019


16995 Comments


Yeah this sounds promising. I wonder if the name is a reference to Dark Souls 2's blacksmith.

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DungeonBoy
May 20th 2019


7010 Comments


^ It has to be. Dark Souls references are the new m/

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
May 20th 2019


11745 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glad to see some interest for this one. Been jamming it on a daily basis the last few days.

Izildur
May 20th 2019


5 Comments


Flame, dear flame ... if only I could be so grossly incandescent. Overall, I love the sound of this. Some of the tempo shifts sound a little off, though. This is not only inspired by The Gathering, indeed even her voice is quite similar to that of beloved Anneke's.

rockandmetaljunkie
May 21st 2019


8457 Comments


sounds like something that i would enjoy, will def check it out

manosg
Staff Reviewer
May 22nd 2019


11745 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Glad you enjoyed the album Izildur and that you also spotted The Gathering similarities.



Hope you eventually check this one John, really interested in seeing whether you liked it.

TheNotrap
May 27th 2019


12324 Comments


Great review as always manosg

Will jam this 21-minute epic doom this week

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manosg
Staff Reviewer
May 28th 2019


11745 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sweet! Hope you enjoy, dude.

deslad
June 17th 2019


645 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Your review was spot on manos, this really does emit "The Gathering (Mandylion-era) vibes" like you said and I really liked it. If only if was a bit longer...

manosg
Staff Reviewer
June 18th 2019


11745 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Indeed, I wish they make an LP as good as this one.



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