Rating:
5.3
Sacrimony - ...And Abyss He Created
March 2011


01. Shades In Grey
02. Stay Under The snow
03. Her Freezing Beauty
04. Angels Autumnal Shimmer
05. ...And Abyss He Created


Doom metal is a tricky genre. It's one of the most varied sub-genres of metal yet there are so many people who keep saying that it's too monotonous, simple and boring. While I will always defend one of my favorite styles of music, I can't help but to agree from time to time. …And Abyss He Created which is the debut of Sacrimony, a young funeral doom metal band hailing from Poland is sadly one of the reasons why I can understand people who pick up the negative sides of this genre.

I enjoy instrumental music but when you are making a funeral doom metal album that is 95% instrumental (I'll get on the 5% later) you really have to make something interesting to grab the listener by the throat and condemn him to an eternity in [insert horrible place for you here]. This is unfortunately where Sacrimony fails at. Music like Shape Of Despair is the main formula here especially their exquisite masterpiece that is Angels Of Distress but while our Finnish friends created mesmerizing and cold-as-the-north-pole sounds, Sacrimony makes something that I can only describe as a serious case of "one big ass intro" syndrome. The main symptoms are the following: the same melody that goes on and on and on, no direction at all, the feeling that time flies, the sadness that you get not from the music but for the knowledge that 50 minutes disappeared in front of you and the ultimate "...that's it?"

I gave it many opportunities but it just seemed emotionless and the sound quality didn't really help with guitars that have this really weak "hisssssss" you get from weak production and the keyboards that were on top of everything, being poor and uninteresting in their labor. The last song features some vocal work but still feels like the intro of a song that never comes and worst of all: The vocals didn't provide anything at all and sounded tired and uninspired just like the rest of the music.

I feel bad about giving this young project a negative feedback but there are just too many similar bands that have done this "funeral doom/ambient" sound before and better. It's easy to write about music you love and even easier to write about music you hate but it will be always hard to describe music you feel completely indifferent about.

Performance: 6
Songwriting: 5
Originality: 5
Production: 6


 


written by Mr. Doctor | 01.06.2011



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!J.O.O.E.! - 01.06.2011 at 14:50  
Whoa, Monsieur Docteur taking a stand on unoriginal funeral doom? This is practically a new concept for MS reviewers! Three very slow cheers for you.
Slayer666 - 01.06.2011 at 15:32  
Pfft, this review fails. If it's slower than 30 BPM it is automatically good. You're just one big poser, Mr. Doctor.
Winterthrone - 04.06.2011 at 01:05  
Written by Slayer666 on 01.06.2011 at 15:32

Pfft, this review fails. If it's slower than 30 BPM it is automatically good. You're just one big poser, Mr. Doctor.

lol...Glad to see an 'official' reviewer of MS can keep his critical sense in front of an Extreme Doom release!

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