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Yes...yes it is. - 81%

grimdoom, March 25th, 2009

Once again, a would be great band is hampered by the dreaded "sophomore release", sadly shedding their original style for more generic wares. Far from just aping what is arguably the standard in Funeral Doom, this album does have something to offer, but perhaps only to the completest as opposed to a die hard of the style.

The production is considerably better than the bands debut and this does help to strengthen the songs as a whole. The guitars sound as if they are still tuned to standard and are open chorded throughout the entirety of the recording. The bands flowing riffage is gone however, replaced by the hit one chord and hold it for a few seconds/minutes pattern that seem to dominate much of the Funeral Doom field. There is a fairly menacing vibe to them though as they don't come off as sad or melancholic. They are mixed a little higher as opposed to their predecessor however.

The bass is nonexistent but this doesn't hurt the music. The drums are more standard but fit the dark and angry music well. The keyboards take on more of a lead roll, if it can so be called. They set the tone and the pace for each song. They sound some what cheesy when compared to songs from both their pre and post albums.

The vocals are perhaps the biggest let down of the whole album as Pasi uses a vocal processor to "enhance" his voice. This gets very old after the first song, thankfully however, the vocals are scantly used throughout and the duration of the music is saved thusly. Pasis' wife continues her roll of hitting random high notes and blending in with the keyboards to the point of making one wonder if she's really there or if it is all keyboards.

This could've been a monumental follow up to a brilliant and highly original album in the field of Funeral Doom, but alas it falls short. Its not to say that this doesn't have some originality, but even though the band tried to make this style in their own image its to great a departure to really make logical sense as a progression.