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Absolutely Flawless. - 100%

TheFecundComing, August 25th, 2008

Weeping Birth, Vladimir Cochet's very first venture into music. His aim: create the most sinister, haunting, horrifying death metal mankind had ever heard. With his debut album, A Painting of Raven and Rape, he nearly achieved that. The one thing holding that album back from being the most deathly terrifying musical score ever written were the mechanical drums. 300+ BPM of pure mechanized blast beats. Sounds nice, fast, yet too programmed and synthetic to scare the life out of anyone, including Vladimir himself.

But now he's back, and he's striking fear into the hearts (and ears) of everyone with vengeance. After releasing Gangrene under his symphonic black metal project Mirrorthrone, it's time for Weeping Birth to come off its five year hiatus. This album opens with one hell of a song. "Then the Moon Came" instantly produces an eerie atmosphere with the first few notes. Solemn, yet spooky. Then, Vladimir chimes in with a growl filled with vitriol and hatred. From there, a relentless onslaught.

The production on this album is fucking incredible. So crisp, so clean, and fits the music so well. You can hear every nuance of every instrument, from the keyboards to the guitars. Hell, even the bass provides a gigantic wall of sound to create that deep, thick sound to reimburse the other instruments.

However, the one instrument really worthy of credit is the drums. Holy living hell, Vladimir has improved his programming skills tremendously. If Gangrene wasn't enough to showcase this, then Anosognosic Industry of the I will convince you. Throughout this entire album, constant blast beats. Sure, some will think "this is boring," while others will say "OH MAN MOST BRUTAL EVER HOLY SHIT!" Yet, it's neither. Aesthetically, it marvels the ears as it perfectly suits every passage and note played by the other instruments. They almost sound industrial at times. If Vladimir had decided to make this more industrial-death oriented, it would only make them sound better than they already are.

There's not much else to mention. The guitar riffs are amazing. Flowing into each other, the bending is so fluent, the solos are well placed. The vocals are chilling. Hatred, violent, passionate. The drums are perfect. Bass does its job well.

There are influences from Vladimir's other projects scattered throughout this album. The most prominent being in Le Mauvais Oeil, the final track. Near the end, the keyboard passage resembles the melody of "The Feeling of Not Belonging" from his black metal project Unholy Matrimony. Seems he can't stray far from his other styles, yet it fits.

This is not death metal. If Mirrorthrone and Unholy Matrimony were people, and they met up, fucked, and had a child, this would be it. This is black metal meets brutal death metal. This is perfection.