Desire - Infinity... A Timeless Journey Through An Emotional Dream review



Reviewer:
9.0

54 users:
8.69
Band: Desire
Album: Infinity... A Timeless Journey Through An Emotional Dream
Release date: June 1996


01. Prologue
02. Leaving This Land Of Eternal Desires
03. A Ride In A DreamCrow
04. The Purest Dreamer
05. In Delight With The Mermaid
06. Forever Dreaming (Shadow Dance)
07. Epilogue


Infinity... A Timeless Journey Through An Emotional Dream. Well that could very well be the whole review right there because the title somehow sums up the entire tone of the album, although I think the journey referenced here is death and not a dream.

This is Desire's first studio release, it's a concept album and in my opinion one of the best doom albums I have listened to in a while. A captivating death doom release with abundant atmospheric and melodic elements, just my cup of tea.

The vocals are very pleasant and easy to the ear, clean vocals are very common in all the songs, and the growls have good depth and just enough emotional weight to accompany the lyrical and musical emphasis on sorrow and death. There are female vocals too, almost exclusively used for chant-like vocals which are great if you don't mind them, and they add to the overall feel of the album. Guitar solos are often thrown in with atmospheric pieces, a piano, and haunting whispers. Some of the atmospheric parts remind me of the Protoss #1 theme from Starcraft II, very eerie indeed.

This album has three instrumental songs. The first one is a prologue to the album that has a sweet melody along with hymn-like vocals, I loved it. The second one is an acoustic guitar passage with some ambient music in the background, it's very good also. The final track is the epilogue to the album, it's by far the weakest of all the songs in the album and kind of redundant. Overall I really like the instrumental tracks here, they add a lot to the album.

"Leaving This Land Of The Eternal Desires" is almost what I would call a masterpiece of doom music, at 17 minutes of majesty. Song #3 "A Ride In A Dream Crow" is the weakest link of the album, it's uninspired as a whole and contains a hilariously bad uttering of the words "dance with me.. infinity" which I cringed when I first heard it. "The Purest Dreamer" is another great song, a great riff and melodies, also a piano is ever present in this song. "Forever Dreaming..." is probably my favorite song of the album depending on my mood, oh and this song has a piano solo in it.. yeah.

The album carries a coherent atmosphere throughout which is great since I love the feel I get while listening this album, there are a couple of things that could have been done better or cut out of the album to make it more tight but overall this is a great debut effort and a must listen in my opinion for any doom listener.

"At last I can feel it, the burning sky over me.
Am I falling or rising from this garden of suffering?"


Rating breakdown
Performance: 8
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Production: 9

Written by Gawain | 09.03.2014


 


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Comments

Comments: 4   Visited by: 74 users
09.03.2014 - 15:09
Monolithic
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This is a well-written review, indeed. It got me interested. Although I would suggest you to tone down the "what I feel" references. A review is in fact your perspective on the album summed up in 3-4 paragraphs and this review, at least to someone new like me, seems encouraging yet this can turn it into a refined review.

Cheers.
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09.03.2014 - 15:45
Gawain
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Written by Monolithic on 09.03.2014 at 15:09

This is a well-written review, indeed. It got me interested. Although I would suggest you to tone down the "what I feel" references. A review is in fact your perspective on the album summed up in 3-4 paragraphs and this review, at least to someone new like me, seems encouraging yet this can turn it into a refined review.

Cheers.



thanks, I did change some wording and sentences when it got proofread and It asked me for approval, but the edit I did didn't stay after I hit submit. and the review got submitted as it was. some kind of a bug I guess, anyways I am satisfied with my 'first review here.
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11.03.2014 - 23:37
Erik M.
Nice review, but I agree with Behrad (Monolithic) about the subjectivity. Being more objective in your statements is better in case of a review. I do have a few comments:

"it's a concept album and in my opinion one of the best doom albums I have listened to in a while"

Huh? Whose else opinion can it be but your own?

Also found this part of a sentence rather weird: "oh and this song has a piano solo in it.. yeah."

Anyway, I totally agree with "Leaving This Land of Eternal Desires" being a masterpiece of a song. In fact, I think it's my favourite Desire song, despite Locus Horrendus being my favourite album by them. I would also rate this about a 9.0 so you nailed it with the rating as well. Just check out Locus Horrendus. It's basically this album, but then longer, darker, more haunting and has much more of a personality to it. You'll love it (I'd be surprised if you didn't).
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12.03.2014 - 21:15
Gawain
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Written by Erik M. on 11.03.2014 at 23:37

Nice review, but I agree with Behrad (Monolithic) about the subjectivity. Being more objective in your statements is better in case of a review. I do have a few comments:

"it's a concept album and in my opinion one of the best doom albums I have listened to in a while"

Huh? Whose else opinion can it be but your own?

Also found this part of a sentence rather weird: "oh and this song has a piano solo in it.. yeah."

Anyway, I totally agree with "Leaving This Land of Eternal Desires" being a masterpiece of a song. In fact, I think it's my favourite Desire song, despite Locus Horrendus being my favourite album by them. I would also rate this about a 9.0 so you nailed it with the rating as well. Just check out Locus Horrendus. It's basically this album, but then longer, darker, more haunting and has much more of a personality to it. You'll love it (I'd be surprised if you didn't).


thanks for the criticisms, but just to redeem myself a bit, i did quite a few changes on wording and expression on some sentences but because of what I think is a bug they didn't appear on the final thing.

And yes, god damn is that song a highlight of highlights of the entire doom genre. As for the rating I stand by it. I'm going to use it as a reference point from now on. For example. In my other profile I rated Paradise Belongs To You a perfect 10. Now that I think of it in perspective of other reviewers' work I've studied (for example Apothecary <3) I should never have given it over 9.6 because It isn't perfect, I can't say that I like every single fucking thing in that album. Same goes for Katatonia's Brave Murder Day which is another album from my (possible) top 10 albums ever.
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