Rating:
9.0
Mourning Beloveth - A Disease For The Ages
13 May 2008


01. The Sickness
02. Trace Decay
03. Primeval Rush
04. The Burning Man
05. Poison beyond All


Years after years, Mourning Beloveth confirms that we must talk about them when we talk about Doom Metal. It's simply impossible to find a disappointing album in their discography and their new release, "A Disease For The Ages" will not be different one more time. I'm proud to say again that the Irish combo has released this year one of the most beautiful and catchy Doom Death Metal release of the whole Doom Metal scene. No doubt Mourning Beloveth is a different band which is probably driven by the true occult forces of Doom Metal.

On a side I have to agree with all the people who say that Mourning Beloveth still uses the same recipe when it comes to write a new album. Definitely "A Disease For The Ages" is not that different of "The Sullen Sulcus" and "A Murderous Circus" if you just listen to the music. I agree that the band has its way to write songs and all their albums are in the same category. But you know what? I just don't care because if it can be good to change its own sound it can be tricky too and I will not give one more time the list of all the Metal bands which have tried to become new and simply fall into the pit of despair… With "A Disease For The Ages", Mourning Beloveth still play the same kind of Doom Death Metal with really dark but melodic music and with this amazing alternation of Death vocals and angelic (yes their clean vocals are simply amazing for me) voices. This is slow one more time but never boring and I still feel this old school Doom spirit that we can find on Black Sabbath's albums. Of course this is Metal and not Rock, but Mourning Beloveth is one of these few Doom Metal bands which found how to mix true Rock spirit with Metal and that's just amazing.

"A Disease For The Ages" only features five songs but the full length of the album is equal to fifty five minutes. Of course the songs are long but they all have a lot of breaks, rhythm and melody change and in the end this is varied and not redundant. One more time the new Mourning Beloveth features five real hits and the great news for the people who listen to the band since the beginning will probably be that "A Disease For The Ages" is near of "The Sullen Sulcus" which was, to date, their best album in my opinion. Like on "The Sullen Sulcus", the album features real killer melodies and riff and this amazing touching sad spirit which comes from Ireland. The great point of Mourning Beloveth in my opinion comes from the fact that the band is able to play heavy and loud songs which are really beautiful in the end. Mourning Beloveth is not in the category of the Metal bands which play commercial music but they're smart and intelligent musicians and our guys knew one more time how to write melodies that you'll remember without being sell-out business shit… With a perfect production, a lot better than on the previous release, "A Disease For The Ages" I think that the new Mourning Beloveth can maybe be considered as the most accomplished album of the combo. This is just classy…

I'm happy to say today that I consider now Mourning Beloveth as the most interesting band of the Doom Metal scene. If you still don't know them and like to listen to Doom Metal I really think that you'll have to check this new album (like their whole discography of course) as soon as possible because you're simply missing something great. Mourning Beloveth must be considered now as the leader of the Doom Death Metal scene, with all their successful albums, especially their last one "A Disease For The Ages", they deserve this title. Hail Mourning Beloveth, may you and your great music be "doomed" until the end of time!

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


Band profile: Mourning Beloveth
Album: A Disease For The Ages


 


written by Jeff | 26.05.2008



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Deadsoulman - 27.05.2008 at 13:49  
I can't say they're the most interesting doom band because, as you pointed out, they're not exactly innovative and they more or less always follow the same formula, but this is an excellent album nonetheless, one of my favourites this year (though I'm afraid it'll have a hard time competing with the new Esoteric). It reminds me a lot of "Dust" and it's definitely better than "A Murderous Circus".
Ozman - 27.05.2008 at 19:41  
This one is a real grower and addcitive as hell (just like its subject matter )
Gordon Freeman - 28.05.2008 at 22:27  
Not a very objective review...
Ozman - 29.05.2008 at 02:05  
Written by Gordon Freeman on 28.05.2008 at 22:27

Not a very objective review...


First of all... try explaining what you found subjective about it...

Second of all... there is no such thing as objectivity
Gordon Freeman - 29.05.2008 at 02:40  
Written by Ozman on 29.05.2008 at 02:05

Written by Gordon Freeman on 28.05.2008 at 22:27

Not a very objective review...


First of all... try explaining what you found subjective about it...

Second of all... there is no such thing as objectivity


"I agree that the band has its way to write songs and all their albums are in the same category. But you know what? I just don't care because if it can be good to change its own sound it can be tricky too and I will not give one more time the list of all the Metal bands which have tried to become new and simply fall into the pit of despair… "

and

"(yes their clean vocals are simply amazing for me)"

and

"The great point of Mourning Beloveth in my opinion comes from the fact that the band is able to play heavy and loud songs which are really beautiful in the end. Mourning Beloveth is not in the category of the Metal bands which play commercial music but they're smart and intelligent musicians and our guys knew one more time how to write melodies that you'll remember without being sell-out business shit… "

and aslo

"I'm happy to say today that I consider now Mourning Beloveth as the most interesting band of the Doom Metal scene"

Now I have nothing wrong with oozing fanboyism and strong feelings for a very, very good slab of doom metal. But I don't think you can gush like this and then call it a review.

A good review should objectively explain the strengths and weaknesses of an album to an audiance who may or may not be familiar with the band or the style of music.

What was written here seems to mostly target people who already agree that this is a good album...more of an opinion piece if you will.
Enemy of Reality - 17.10.2010 at 22:06  
A review is an opinion, if the reviewer thinks that the album is that good, why shouldn't he write that down?
I'm not going to consider an album good or bad just because a reviewer said so, i'll listen to it, and make my own conclusions. Exageration can be good, imo, cause it shows that the reviewer really liked what he heard. That probably will, at least, make a few listeners grab that album and listen to it. Ideally, they'll reach to a conclusion on their own.

As for me, i'll put it simple: this is not just their best album to date (and it's been already 2 years since it's released), but it's also one of best doom death albums ever.
!J.O.O.E.! - 17.10.2010 at 22:18  
I agree, this album kicks a lot of ass. [/spam]

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