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Coming from a psychology background, I'd always thought the title of Irish doom band Mourning Beloveth's second full length 'The Sullen Sulcus' a little silly, but the artwork itself is quite nice, mixing imagery of the gyri and sulci of brains with naked figures floating in some ethereal crimson mist, and indeed the colour scheme is very appropriate, given that the band's second album feels somewhat warmer than does predecessor 'Dust'.
The style is very much the same: long, drawn out romantic doom songs with more than a nod to My Dying Bride, the tracks all being around the ten minute mark and very organic-feeling, gradually building from meandering, introspective parts to monumental and miserable doom riffs filled with sorrowful melody and with a strong celtic feel, whilst the vocals are a mix of somewhat monotone and dejected spoken word passages, impassioned, guttoral growls and soaring, clean/harmonised singing parts.
The album flows beautifully, overflowing with both warmth and sadness, building on the brooding melancholy of the band's debut, and comes highly recommended to fans of My Dying Bride, Draconian and Before The Rain, as well as Primordial, given that, whilst doom rather than black metal, Mourning Beloveth still have a melancholy spark and sorrowful celtic air about them that is likely to endear them to fans of the former.
1. The Words That Crawled 12:25
2. It Almost Looked Human 07:21
3. The Insolent Caul 10:08
4. Narcissistic Funeral 13:33
5. My Sullen Sulcus 11:23
6. Anger's Steaming Arrows 10:38
Total playing time 01:06:00
Disc #1 Tracklisting
1 Words Taht Grawled
2 It Lamos Tlooked Human
3 Isolent Call
4 Narcissistic Funeral
5 Anger's Steaming Arrows