Monday, July 20, 2009
Dark Millennium - Ashore The Celestial Burden (1992)
Genre: Doom/Death Metal
1. Below the Holy Fatherlands
3. Black Literature
4. Inside the Sunburnt Thoughts of Frost
5. Father Legatus: Of Symbols, Nature and Birth
6. Beyond the Dragon's Eye
7. Wizardry Assemblage
8. Medina's Spell
10. The Atmosphere
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Metal Archives Rating: 98% (1 review)
A lost gem, this album is very close to perfection. Why not perfect? Well, the answer is simple: perfection does not exist, but Ashore The Celestial Burden comes pretty damn close. The moment I gave the first track a spin, I knew this was going to be mind-blowing. The opening riff to the opening track is beyond catchy and gripping. Words cannot describe it. And I haven't even gotten to the rest of the album! Sure enough, each and every song follows suit, trotting and plodding along.
Probably the highlight of this record is the atmospheric and melodic riffs. It seems like each and every song has it's own unique and memorable riff, always infectiously catchy and involving. Not a single track disappoints here, and the fact that every song is different in its own way keeps me listening until the very end, a melancholic instrumental track and then the final colossus unfolds. Such an amazing and memorable album.
I hate to drag this on, but it's also worth noting the vocal style. It's not your standard old school DM grunt/growl, but a more high-pitched and emotional type of growling. Very clear and heartfelt, I love these kinds of vocals because they can vary quite a bit throughout an album and are excellent attention grabbers. I could never fall asleep to something as animated and invigorating such as this.
Recommended; can't stress that enough.