December 16, 2008

Mar de Grises - The Tatterdemalion Express

Band/artist - Mar de Grises
Genre(s) - Doom metal
Origin - Chile
Album - The Tatterdemalion Express
Year of release - 2004

Of all doom-death albums I have posted or aim to post in the future, The Tatterdemalion Express by Mar de Grises is one of the most interesting ones. The band is Chilean, and while I'm usually hesistant with South-American extreme metal - it just doesn't seem to fit their climate, you know, nor their fiery, love-for-life temperament - this is an excellent find. It's very dark stuff, definitely in the vein of the "Big Three", UK doom-death originators, but somehow more menacing, more mysterious, more tormented. Mentioning the relative busy-ness of the music, the careful attention to detail, the beautiful piano accents or the song structures that literally collapse under their own weight
(check out To See Saturn Fall to see what I mean), doesn't seem enough to fully explain the unique atmosphere presented here, but then I don't know what would. This is doom, squared.
  1. El otro
  2. To see Saturn fall
  3. Storm
  4. Recklessness
  5. Self portrait no. 1
  6. Be welcome oh hideous hell
  7. Onirica
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