Rating:
8.2
Longing For Dawn - A Treacherous Ascension
March 2007


01. The End Of Laughter
02. Discidium
03. Ephemeral Cure
04. Once Supreme


"A Treacherous Ascension" is the second album of this combo from Canada. I hope that you like Doom, and really slow one because Longing For Dawn plays Funeral Doom, a really interesting music which is unfortunately not so easy of access for the basic listeners. However, the accessibility of this music is a matter of quality too, and here we have quality so if you're looking for a music extremely dark, sad and deep, but all in all well done, I will recommend to you to check this album as soon as possible.

Dark and tortured Death vocals and loud really slow heavy riffs are the two main ingredients of the recipe of the new album of Longing For Dawn. But even if we're in front of a pure sad and dark music, one cannot say that we don't have great melodies in this release. After all, Longing For Dawn plays a good old Funeral Doom, probably the slowest and darker music of the whole Metal scene, but the Canadians found the way to write four songs of great quality, with intelligent lyrics and melodies.

With "A Treacherous Ascension", it's not only a matter of music, of course the music is cool, even if on a side it's a bit simple (it's not pejorative here) but it's also a matter of ambiances. Really, the band wrote an album which will be really disturbing for you, even if you use to listen to this kind of music. Extremely dark and frozen, the songs will maybe not be so easy of access for you but they will probably be able to give you shivers, we have emotions in this music and it's incredible to see how a band can write something so scary and disturbing but also so beautiful. It's top notch Doom, maybe not the best release of Funeral Doom of the decade but for sure, "A Treacherous Ascension" is one of the best album in the style that we had the luck to see lately.

I know I know, "A Treacherous Ascension" is not an album for all the metalheads, but if you like to listen to great Doom, I will ask you to have a look on this release. Really, the guys of Longing For Down managed to write a great album and they confirm all the good words that they got for the previous one. Have a look on this release and remember this name please, Longing For Dawn should become soon one of the leaders of the genre.

Performance: 8
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 8
Production: 8


Band profile: Longing For Dawn
Album: A Treacherous Ascension


 


written by Jeff | 29.03.2007



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ylside - 30.03.2007 at 00:02  
Might be interesting actually, will check.
Lokomotiv - 30.03.2007 at 03:47  
I loved this album... it's much more mature than "One Lonely Path", and that was goon indeed... I would give it a 9, and I don't give 9 as candies
Thryce - 03.04.2007 at 17:18  
Now this is what I call a very good album. And indeed one of the most interesting, moving and appealing contemporary albums in the genre. Very impressive stuff. I'm also giving it a 9.

A real recommendation!
velvet - 24.09.2007 at 12:31  
Ahh... this album is just perfect for some days. Just had it on repeat for about 4 hours. Guess my mood, go on.
Marcel Hubregtse - 11.04.2009 at 14:34  
Seeing them live tonight. I would never have guessed to be able to see them live.
NihilHecatomb - 25.08.2010 at 01:05  
I would have to say that this is an incredible album. In referance to the original review, it actually is pretty complex stuff because there is a lot going on at times and all the ambient stuff is created by the members with their instruments and own skill. They replicate the sound perfectly live without the aid of programs or other cheap methods. At least that is what I have seen.

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