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Review: Motus Tenebrae – ”Deathrising” 2016

Motus Tenebrae from Italy are active since 2001 with one EP “Beyond”2003 and four full length albums, “Wayside”  2005 ,”Soul Expression “2007 , “The Synthetic Bliss”  2009  and “Double Black” 2012 . Now they it is time to release their 5th album with the title “Deathrising” by the great music label  My Kingdom Music.

The band Motus Tenebrae belongs to the genre Doom/Gothic Metal and they have pretty much similar sound with Paradise Lost,Type O Negative and Swallow the Sun.

After a few line -up changes their singer Luis McFadden return to the band and he is behind the microphones.So their line – up now is:

Luis McFadden – vocals 

Andreas Das Cox – Bass

  Daniel Cyranna – Guitars

Omar Harvey – Keyboards/Synth

  Andrea Falaschi – Drums

Let’s see what  offering to us this album track by track:

1. Our Weakness :
Heavy doom melancholic guitars open the track and enter the clean and harsh male voice.Is this the voice of Luis or the reflection of Nick Holmes.Sounds like Paradise Lost with great arrangement of all the instruments.

RUNNING TIME :04:42

RATING: 9.5

2. Black Sun :
Sad piano opens to join the the guitars and the singer under the classic doom sound.The song has many influences from the sound of Type O Negative

RUNNING TIME : 04:51

RATING: 9.2

 
 3. For a Change: 
The track opens with thunderous drums ,heavy guitars in one very fast tempo, a really power track with dramatic performance from the singer.

RUNNING TIME : 03:58

RATING: 8.5

4. Light That We Are :
The singer switches from dark shrieks to low dark clean vocals. The track has some  moments that focus on doom guitar passages and a surprisingly audible bass guitar line.

 

RUNNING TIME : 04:50

RATING: 8.5

5. Faded :
Everything underlines the focus on a dark and addicting atmosphere and sounds very coherent. There is a big gothic influence in this record concerning the bleak atmosphere and the dark lyrics.The guitar riffs are very good !

RUNNING TIME : 06:31

RATING: 9.4

 
6. Deathrising :
The strength of the music comes from the rhythm of the drums and the bass, and the crushing distortion of guitars.The vocals are superb, they are very low and fit in very well with the music. Additionally, there are two styles of vocals on here – the low, but clean and smooth vocal style, and the dramatic scream.

RUNNING TIME : 04:39

RATING: 9.3

7. Haunt Me:
The track has very doom-metal-ish vibes.The male voice remains still hard to describe, being altogether impressively deep, slightly scornful in its low range, while almost sounding whiny when he reaches the high notes, and occasionally surprisingly emotionless.

RUNNING TIME : 04:18

RATING: 9.2

 
8. Grace :
The piece sounds like it was pulled back through the mists of time; it’s creepily atmospheric, despairingly forlorn, and seriously mean as well.

RUNNING TIME : 04:43

RATING: 8.5

 
9. Cold World:
The music definitely strives to achieve more convincing atmosphere with chaotic drumming and deafening riffs – it’s a fine balance between atmosphere and brutality. There is a melodic break and solo section that add more flavor to the carnivorous tone, helping to stretch out the variety without sullying the whole doom sound.

RUNNING TIME : 04:52

RATING: 9.3

10. Cherish My Pain :
Especially guitars which give really concrete, heavy sound.The music is darlk, mysterious and melodic and at the same time very heavy. There is a good balance between the catchy side and the dark-romantic aggressive-depressive side.
 

RUNNING TIME : 04:12

RATING: 9.4

11. Desolation :
The last track of the album is a doom masterpiece with excellent guitar and drum work with heavy bass and marvelous vocals. Five minutes of of slug-paced, bitter, melancholy, doom metal laced with plenty of experimentation.

RUNNING TIME : 05:12

RATING: 9.8

Finally Motus Tenebrae deserve our full attention, they play perfect doom gothic metal and I am sure all the fans of this genre will love the band.Highly recommended!

RATING: 9.15

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