(Yesterday, Sweden’s In Mourning began a limited-time streaming of their new album. Today, TheMadIsraeli has a review.)
Fuck me for forgetting about this.
It seems even when sick, there is to be no rest for me. I completely forgot that the new opus of melodic death doom metal masters In Mourning, The Weight Of Oceans, was to be out soon. As you can imagine, when they started streaming this album yesterday I immediately had to get on that shit. It’s a vital part of the new movement of melodic death metal that mixes powerful melodies, pedal-point riffing, and drama with doom metal’s macabre melancholy and profound slower tempos.
In Mourning made quite a splash with their debut, Shrouded Divine, an album I love to this day. Their second release, Monolith, was a good album, but they tried to go for a more energetic approach that, both in tempo and in melody, had fewer connections to doom. Something about it just didn’t sit right with me; it just didn’t feel like In Mourning to me. Thankfully, The Weight Of Oceans is a return to In Mourning’s doom-intertwined roots.
In Mourning, for the uninitiated, incorporates the typical influences of this new style of melodic death metal at their core, essentially combining the slow tempos and proggy song structuring of old school Opeth with Insomnium’s poignant, to-the-point melancholic melodies and sense of melodrama and dignity. The band are also obviously influenced by the spearheads of this new style of melodeath, Daylight Dies.
In Mourning definitely have their own sound though. Their attack is precise and intricate, and their sense of melody focuses less on complex transitions and more on straight-forward, mournful melodic progressions. The complexity of the composition is more in the realm of how the guitars play with one another, creating some quite dazzling walls of melody. Björn Pettersson and Tim Nedergård are one of my favorite current guitar duos in metal right now. Their sense of compositional teamwork is absolutely astounding, acting as one in generating an intricately woven overcast of despair and agony that just consumes the listener. Continue reading »