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An Excellent Taste of Funeral Doom - 100%

Robropnkr1, December 1st, 2007

Brilliant. That is the first word that comes to a doom-drowned mind after giving Mournful Congregation's first official "full-length" album a listen. From beginning to end, start to finish, age to age of endless darkness, this album gives a sense of gloom and sadness that many bands of this particular genre lack. With only four tracks of monstrous proportions, the "congregation" has managed to tear down all walls of stereotype and in the process an incredible taste of what funeral doom should be is made.

If you are still reading, it is apparent by now that I am an avid fan of the funeral doom genre. I have been a follower of acts such as Thergothon, Skepticism, and Pantheist for quite some time now. Having a decent background in the judging of doom metal in general, I can honestly say that the Monad of Creation is an excellent album and is definitely worth more than one casual, passing listen. This is not an album to be thrown to the ground and hidden amongst the alternative, mainstream acts that seem to have overtaken the scene of metal as of late. Rather, this is an album that has taken on new dimensions of funeral darkness head on, and leaves almost nothing to be desired.

The opening track starts off mind-numbingly slow, as is to be expected. A simple, harmonizing riff drones on behind reverb-drenched drum patterns. I doubt that "Mother-Water the Great Sea Wept" ever reaches past 100 bpm or so, which definitely keeps the atmosphere of loneliness and desolation intact. The growls come in shortly after, adding new layers of heaviness to the music. The vocals on this album are quite unique, and are unlike any "tradtional" screaming I have ever heard. The sustain of the growling gives the feeling of air, or maybe of water. Either way, an atmosphere is definitely created through the use of slow, minimalistic drums, vocals, and guitar patterns. Soon the song turns to a sort of narraration with acoustic undertones hidden somewhere underneath. It is clear that this album is akin to something like a written story put to music. Reading the lyrics while listening to the album adds another dimension, creating a visual sensory experience along with the dark soundscapes already created. The song soon picks up, with the use of heavier riffs and a fuller sound. The drumming is no longer inhumanly slow, but instead keeps a rhythm that matches well with the rest of the song. The track drones on past the eighteen minute point, filled with dark, depressing soundscapes and minimalist composition.

The next three songs continue with the same basic pattern as the one described above. The feelings of droning, sadness, loneliness, desolation, and depression are constant themes throughout the album, which are carried out through the use of original instrumentation and unique vocal patterns. Many misconceptions of the funeral doom genre are put to rest with one simple listen of The Monad Of Creation. For example, the idea that funeral doom and all doom metal for that matter is unbearably slow for no reason. Mournful Congregation has clearly proved that songs can be slow and have aspects of drone while still keeping an element of beauty and harmony.

I would recommend this album to anyone who is truly interested in finding an album that transcends typical ideas and ideologies portrayed through most modern metal. If you can stand to listen to an hour or so of slow, dark music, then you are definitely in for a good ride with this album.