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A strange but brave first attempt - 70%

oneyoudontknow, May 1st, 2013

When this tape had seen the light of day the Irish metal scene had a distinct focus on death as well as thrash metal. Ignoring Thin Lizzy and bands of a similar musical approach, nearly one decade passed since the first extreme output had hit the scene in this country, while Thy Sinister Bloom attempts to open a new realm already, so to speak. It is a band whose concept lacks the heaviness, aggressiveness, not to mention the clarity with which other bands would start their endeavour.

Over twenty minutes in length, with a good amount of variations and concepts “Thy Temperate Veil-A Vanity Lost” is quite a trip into psychedelic realms with additional ambient passages woven into it. The style is minimalist, repetitive and with a certain kind of melancholy now and then. It seems therefore more appropriate to use a description like psychedelic doom metal than to fall back on something simple like “doom metal”.

It is a track that takes a while. Demands attention. Gives the impression of telling a story, a narrative, something obscure. Various types of vocals help to create the setting, while vague hints on melodies are given now and then. Broken up in chord structures, whose part is enwrapped by more elaborate passages. A counterpoint, despite the reluctance of the band to rely on such a concept on too large a scale: there are no extreme kinds of vocals for instance. Also the overall flow does not exceed certain limits. All is calm... nice … gentle. Contemplation and a long one at that. Traditional doom metal put on a stretcher and filled up with drugs.

Maybe this is the main aspect of criticism of “Thy Temperate Veil-A Vanity Lost”. It is not overtly metal. It lacks a good amount of heaviness, does not even try to be consistent in any meaningful way. A clear or rather recognizable structure is nowhere to be seen, which leaves the listener a bit lost somehow. One has to endure all that is going on and with little change in actually unravelling it. Be it the large amount of vocals, their strange way of expressing the texts, or the general instrumental limitation, there are a lot of things that can criticized. Nevertheless, the laid back atmosphere as well as aspect in which this tape had seen the light of day makes it special somehow.

Based on a review originally written for ‘A dead spot of light (Number 22)’: