Imagine a traditional black metal sound scourged with a modern death metal vibe (similar to SepticFlesh or Devilish Impressions). Now you have the primary idea on how Mourning Soul is going to sound like. This comparison, doesn’t merely represents the talent the band has showcased while composing the materials for their debut album ‘Ego Death – Ritual I’. The stunning amalgamation of fury and melody prevails throughout the 9 chapters, accompanied by poetic lyrics relating to death and humane suffering.
Mourning Soul excels in mixing up the two very different genres to a perfect balance. You can feel the shivering lunacy of black metal as well as the splendor of melody driven death metal. A noticeable level of synth has been implemented to enhance the background; polishing the atmosphere with a more darkened vibe. The synth is not over-imposed, thus leaving more room for the guitars to shine. In brief, the sound of this record could be considered as a tasteful melodic black metal. The singing styles vary mostly around mid-ranged to high pitch vocal, with frequent use of clean voices. The sound on full-length is not over produced, but provides a clearer tone. Often, the music gets to a bit raw sounding, which are pretty handy.
It’s pretty hard to pick the highlights from ‘Ego Death – ‘Ritual I’, most of the songs being very solid and enjoyable. Personally, I’d select ‘Resurrection through the Serpent’s Light’, ‘Bleeding by Bones’ and ‘The Judgement of Gehenna’.
Mourning Soul has been around for 14 years, therefore you can estimate the efforts and brilliance they put in their debut album. ‘Ego Death – ‘Ritual I’, therefore is not another brick in the wall. Anyone having interests on Swedish/German black metal should check these guys out.
Venustas Diabolicus is premiering the sixth track off the full-length exclusively, which you can hear from the link below: