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Breathtaking! - 100%

grimdoom, October 20th, 2007

Atmospheric, progressive, Funeral-Doomdeath Metal is the best way to describe the enigma that is Mar De Grises. If that description sounds incredibly odd, that’s because this band is, but in a beautiful, passionate and oppressive way.

The production is good; the song writing is original and the mood is intense. The guitars are heavy, but in a more atmospheric way. They go from distorted to clean periodically but always lead the way. The bass and drums complement the guitars and the keyboards, never really doing anything too noteworthy.

The keyboards are understated, yet always clear. The vocals fit the music well and are mostly Death with a few cleaner moments.

Over all, the cohesion of the music is beyond words. The music goes from huge, grandiose arrangements full of emotion and passion to near silent passages where there is only a slight rumbling. There is a very ethereal quality to this band and their sound. This is incredibly classy music.

This album is one that forces you to sit and down and listen to the whole thing at once. The songs work better this way; in saying that, this is in no way a concept album but the way its written simply draws you in.

This is a band that you simply need to hear to believe, and understand for that matter. This is by far one of the best, if not the best album of 2004.