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  • Audio CD (March 7, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Alliance
  • ASIN: B002ADO68W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Boris Kaplun on January 6, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Madder Mortem were, at one point, a gothic metal band with doomy tendencies... and a damn good one. While some semblance of that might still be found on Desiderata if one were to listen hard enough, the band has - for better or worse - sacrificed the whole idea in lieu of a faster, heavier, and more metallic deal. Fortunately, this has mostly worked out in their favor. Massive emphasis has been placed on mood shifts and dynamics, and the songwriting has taken a turn to the progressive end of the spectrum, making for a considerably diverse and satisfying listen.

For those thinking that Madder Mortem have turned to writing 20 minute songs with extended solo jams and synthesizer wars - fear not. Though the presentation has become somewhat more upbeat and the arrangements have gotten more complex, the atmosphere remains quite dark and the band doesn't rely on any kind of instrumental wizardry to impress the listener so much as they employ driving riffs, pounding drums, prominent bass lines, and a magnificent sense of pathos to simply crush the listener underneath waves of pure energy. That isn't to say that there's nothing impressive from an instrumental standpoint here - the playing is quite accomplished, and the drums especially deserve special mention. The guy knows how to keep a song flowing while maintaining an expansive sense of dynamics and changing up the rhythmic backbone enough to keep the mood from stagnating. The guitars are riff-heavy, and the riffs are deep, brooding, and focus more on impact than speed. The production complements all of this incredibly well - the sound is bottom-heavy, warm, and all instruments have plenty of room to breathe.

Stylistically, the album takes various twists and turns between songs, and often within songs...
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss N. Thrope on March 15, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Yet another band that refuses to be classified, Madder Mortem is a female fronted group from Norway with the most kick butt female singer in metal today, Agnete Kirkevaag.

Agnete is an alto with a vocal range that cannot belong to anyone who is a mere mortal. Sometimes compared to Grace Slick stylistically, Agnete's ability, range and power surpass the justification for comparison. Unlike the fluffy sopranos present in so many orchestral and gothic metal outfits, Agnete testifies against type with pure raw power, and she does it with style and terrific pitch.

I first fell in love with their 2003 album "Deadlands", and when I initially gave "Desiderata" a spin I didn't like it quite as well. As is usual with my favorite albums however, this one grew on me to such an extent that I now have to say I like it even better than the last one. So much so, that it now has the number 3 spot on my list.

The album begins with the pounding post punk statement "My Name is Silence", which finds Agnete belting it out to some beautiful downtuned and dissonant guitar slams. The chorus of this song has an almost sing-along quality, except for the fact that Agnete jumps an octave in the middle of a line. Leaves us mortals with our "normal" vocal chords feeling very insufficient. She softens it up a bit in the second song "Evasions" a builder that ends with a crashing climax. Agnete illustrates that she is comfortable with pianissimo as well, and demonstrates a beautiful soft alto in "Distopia", dark and moody "Cold Stone", death/goth styled "M for Malice", darkwave ballad "The Flood to Come" as dark guitar rhythms chug away in the background. There are some songs on this album here that riff in an almost nu-metal headbanger style.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Drew Eggleton on May 24, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I used to listen to Lacuna Coil religiously, and thought they they were the premeire goth female-fronted band out there...not even close. Do yourself a favor, and pick up Madder Mortems "Deadlands" album, listen to it 200 times until nothing else comapres, then do yourself the favor of picking up "Desiderta" They both make every other female fronted/doom metal band sound like a joke, and will only ruin the expreience when listening to any other metal album. In a class of their own, ladies and gentleman...BUY MADDER MORTEM!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Resonatine on October 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
In an age where the mp3 rules the music scene, songs are purchased as one-offs, where "CD's are so yesterday's news" (a quote from a friend), Desiderata, the new album by the Norwegian band Madder Mortem, serves to prove that there is still such a thing as an "album". From start to finish, this their third album flows with such a natural momentum that, after hearing the album in it's totality, it's impossible to imagine any song as anything but a part of the whole.

It kicks off with the raucous overture "My Name is Silence", and here you get your first blast of Agnete M. Kirkevaag. As soon as you hear her, you know you're in for music unlike anything you've ever heard. THe opening verse is like dueling cannons, Agnete on one side and the pummeling guitars of her brother BP M. Kirkevaag and Odd Eivind Ebbesen on the other. The segs perfectly into the tight hook of "Evasions". Agnete displays her amazing vocal dexterity, modulating from a smooth light croon to a powerful cry that demands respect. "Plague on this land" pushes the tempo up, moving into an almost thrashy sound at times. And when the Plague hits, the Madders make sure we know it.

"Dystopia" allows us to catch our breath for a minute or two before the album drops into the second act with the groovy and slinky "M for Malice". The bounce continues with "The flood to come". Again, Agnete proves that she is one of a kind, equally adept at soothing us with light melodies as at pummelling us with aggression. "Changeling" keeps the tone, modulating between the heavy and the soft, keeping us off balance with the quirky rythm changes and just slightly off-putting harmonies the Madders are so good at, pushing us hard to close the second act.
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