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Excellent - But be careful if you buy from Amazon!
on October 17, 2012
First, the caution. Don't buy the MP3 version of the album from Amazon. At least not until they update it. Look at track #8. Amazon only has it at 2:51 and that is what you get if you download it. The track is really 8:39. Also, there is a bonus track available if you buy elsewhere - Track 9, My Faults are Your Reward. It is worth getting.
Now for the album. . . .I am a longtime MDB fan, going back to As the Flower Withers. I like all of their albums, though tend to prefer the earliest two and then the most recent string of albums. By now you are either into MDB or you are not. If you like them, this one doesn't disappoint. The one-two punch of Track 1 and Track 2 are worth it alone. Track 1 (Kneel Till Doomsday) has their best death/grind breakdown since "Sear Me" from As the Flower Withers, making for a very tense song. Then they move into Track 2 (The Poorest Waltz), which is a much lighter and melancholic, with some nice harmony work done with Aaron's voice. These two songs are great complements to one another that really capture the full spectrum of MDB. The rest of the album that follows is solid MDB at their best.
And if you don't know MDB, they are one of the best playing the melodic/melancholic/atmospheric side of the doom spectrum (as opposed to the sludgey-stoner dimension). Mostly clean, warbley vocals, interspersed with death growls (one of the best in the doom genre); slow, plodding, clean guitars that occasionally erupt with speed' complementary drum work (lots of rolls); all rounded out by a violin, organ, and other appropriate accompaniments. If that's your thing, MDB are among the best at it and this album is as good as any a place to start.