Rating:
7.0
Dark Covenant - Eulogies For The Fallen
11 February 2011


01. The End-Time Congregation (Intro)
02. Forever Amongst The Ruins
03. Visions Of Salvation
04. Ascension Denied
05. Black Raven
06. Perennial Solitude
07. Black Sun Rising
08. A Broken Sword Reforged
09. Dirgevows (Outro)


This album starts really badly. Before you say that „Forever Amongst the Ruins" isn't so terrible, I'll refer you to „Somewhere in Nowhere" by Candlemass. These two are basically identical - riffs, vocal lines, drums. What's more, when the song speeds up, the riffs sound almost exactly like „At the Gallows End". Given twenty-plus years between Candlemass and Dark Covenant, I won't accuse Leif Edling of plagiarism. And that leaves us only one suspect...

You can guess what should follow those dots. But I'm glad to say that a very bad impression left by the first song is easily forgettable, because what we get here is a very decent portion of epicus doomicus metallicus, err, epic doom metal. Stripped of anything but the basic instruments, the music has only itself to defend against spoiled doom fans. It does a good job, because, non-exsistent originality aside, Eulogies for the Fallen are pretty solid. The album's production is quite raw, but not Ildjarn or Wormphlegm raw. All instruments are clear and audible, but the sound is far from polished. A song that best summarizes the album is „A Broken Sword Reforged" - it has everything a doom fan could hope for. Great, heavy riffs, ponderous rhythms, interesting mood changes and very melodic vocal lines. Nothing surprising, nothing new, but still quite fun to listen to.

Oh, I almost forgot to expend a bit on the vocals. Vjohrrnt Wodansson is without doubt a very good singer with a strong voice that's perfect for this kind of doom metal. But if you dislike operatic singers, he will drive you mad. Imagine Messiah Marcolin's vocal style, and multiply it by five. That's how operatic and dramatic Wodansson sounds. It's not necessarily a bad thing of course, but such singing is definitely an acquired taste. You've been warned.

You might think that the overall rating is lower than what the review suggests. It would be higher, but I can't turn a blind eye on the copycat song...

Performance: 7
Songwriting: 7
Originality: 5
Production: 7


 


written by Daniell | 05.04.2012



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Merchant of Doom - 05.04.2012 at 17:37  
I won't comment on it, because I don't particularly like trad and/or epic doom... but the singer should be shot.
theFIST - 05.04.2012 at 18:54  
Written by Merchant of Doom on 05.04.2012 at 17:37

I won't comment on it

well done
Merchant of Doom - 05.04.2012 at 19:01  
Written by theFIST on 05.04.2012 at 18:54

Written by Merchant of Doom on 05.04.2012 at 17:37

I won't comment on it

well done


Thanks!
theFIST - 05.04.2012 at 19:11  
Written by Merchant of Doom on 05.04.2012 at 19:01

Written by theFIST on 05.04.2012 at 18:54

Written by Merchant of Doom on 05.04.2012 at 17:37

I won't comment on it

well done


Thanks!

wow, a doom guy with humour, not very doom of you
Merchant of Doom - 05.04.2012 at 19:14  
Written by theFIST on 05.04.2012 at 19:11

Written by Merchant of Doom on 05.04.2012 at 19:01

Written by theFIST on 05.04.2012 at 18:54

Written by Merchant of Doom on 05.04.2012 at 17:37

I won't comment on it

well done


Thanks!

wow, a doom guy with humour, not very doom of you


sometimes it comes out... not very often, mind you. Consider yourself lucky (or unlucky)...
theFIST - 05.04.2012 at 19:19  
Written by Merchant of Doom on 05.04.2012 at 19:14

Written by theFIST on 05.04.2012 at 19:11

Written by Merchant of Doom on 05.04.2012 at 19:01

Written by theFIST on 05.04.2012 at 18:54

Written by Merchant of Doom on 05.04.2012 at 17:37

I won't comment on it

well done


Thanks!

wow, a doom guy with humour, not very doom of you


sometimes it comes out... not very often, mind you. Consider yourself lucky (or unlucky)...

Certainly option 1, happiness and amusement are healthy, i think i deserve credit for having avoided your death
Daniell - 05.04.2012 at 19:20  
Can you please cut down the on fucking quote pyramid? It drives people nuts.
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.04.2012 at 00:03  
Written by Daniell on 05.04.2012 at 19:20

Can you please cut down the on fucking quote pyramid? It drives people nuts.

"Doctor doctor! I've got a steering wheel stuck down my pants!"
"How on Earth did that happened!?"
"I have no idea but it's driving me nuts!"
Daniell - 06.04.2012 at 00:07  
Written by !J.O.O.E.! on 06.04.2012 at 00:03

"Doctor doctor! I've got a steering wheel stuck down my pants!"
"How on Earth did that happened!?"
"I have no idea but it's driving me nuts!"


Steering wheels are sexy.
!J.O.O.E.! - 06.04.2012 at 00:07  
Written by Daniell on 06.04.2012 at 00:07

Steering wheels are sexy.

I prefer gear sticks... I've seen some interesting videos involving those.
Merchant of Doom - 06.04.2012 at 00:21  
Written by theFIST on 05.04.2012 at 19:19


Certainly option 1, happiness and amusement are healthy, i think i deserve credit for having avoided your death


I thank you for entertaining me, maybe not on purpose, but even us doomster sometime need a ray of light... but I don't think I'll kill myself any soon, for the disappointment of some of MS's hardcore visitors and staff...

EDIT: note the neatly executed trimming of the quoting...

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