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"Then all collapsed, and the great shroud of the sea rolled on as it rolled five thousand years ago"
- Herman Melville, Moby Dick, 1851
Released in 2001, 'Foregone' is the second full-length by little known German doom band 'Mirror of Deception' who play in a the melancholy and rather bombastic 'true-doom' style of Candlemass and Reverend Bizarre. Foregone is by and large a slow and lethargic album, its epic songs consisting of achingly sad, ancient-sounding doom riffs, melodic guitar leads and uncomplicated but accomplished mid-paced drums, accompanied by understated and frequently soaring clean vocals that remind of US peers 'While Heaven Wept'.
The songs are both well-constructed and varied, with a warm, organic feel, and numerous folky touches throughout. There are bridges of despondent doom riffs that remind of My Dying Bride and Mourning Beloveth, and elsewhere there are downhearted Paradise-Lost style gothic rock riffs, and even choruses that hint at 'Tonights Decision'-era Katatonia, but these are all built around a backbone of old-school doom that remains melancholy but uplifting rather than downright miserable, full of rays of hope amidst the gloom.
Whilst generally slow-to-mid-paced the album lapses into faster sections on occasion, and works epic, mid-paced melodic solos and galloping, bluesy passages around its generally unhurried style. The soaring, clean vocals work well, conveying both sadness and hope in a sorrowful yet warm manner that suits the overall feel of the album. The despondent lyrics are eloquently phrased, and fit the musical style well, as does the album artwork, which consists of pictures of rolling waves crashing upon rocks and engulfing the nets of fishermen. There's a subtle nautical theme thoughout the album, both through the lyrics and songtitles as well as through ambient interludes of wailing wind and crashing waves, and also within the accompanying booklet, which includes sea-related historical quotes by Herman Melville and Sir Walter Scott.
'Foregone' is nothing groundbreaking, but its a very enjoyable piece of romantic old-school doom that will no doubt appeal to fans of true doom bands like Candlemass, Reverend Bizarre, St Vitus and While Heaven Wept as well as gothic doom bands like My Dying Bride, Draconian and Mourning Beloveth.
1. Foregone Way 05:11
2. Inscrutable 04:55
3. Bleak 04:28
4. The Ship Of Fools 05:47
5. Deception Island 06:35
6. Mirthless 04:39
7. Metamorphosis 05:49
8. Descended 07:13
9. Where The Juniper Grows 03:03
Total playing time 47:40