Thursday, October 13, 2011

Mournful Congregation/The Book Of Kings/20 Buck Spin/2011 CD Review

Mournful Congregation are a band that had their previous album reviewed in this zine that plays a musical style that I would describe as being funeral doom and this is a review of their 2011 album "The Book Of Kings" which was released by 20 Buck Spin.

Drums are all slow drumming with no fast playing or blast beats being present on this recording, while the bass playing has a very dark tone with riffs that follow the riffing that is coming out of the guitars, as for the synths which are only utilized on the last song they bring a very dark ambient/avant garde feeling to the music.

Rhythm guitars are all slow funeral doom riffing with some dark sounding melodies being thrown in at times while the lead guitars are very dark, depressive and melodic funeral doom guitar solos and leads, as for the classical and acoustic guitars they use full chords and finger picking to enhance the dark depressive mood of the music and they are used on a regular basis in the recording.

Vocals are mostly deep sounding doom/death metal growls with some mournful cries being thrown in as well as some spoken word passages, while the lyrics cover dark and depressive themes, as for the production it has a very dark and heavy sound to it.

In my opinion while this album is a little bit more progressive than previous releases, I still feel this is a great album from Mournful Congregation and if you where a fan of their previous recordings, you will not be disappointed. RECOMMENDED TRACKS INCLUDE "The Catechism Of Depression" and "The Book Of Kings". RECOMMENDED BUY.

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