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Faith: Decades of Despair

Here we have more heavy sounds from the folks at Transubstans Records/Record Heaven in the form of Decades of Despair from Swedish doom act Faith. Decades of Despair is the bands fourth release, a crushing, melancholy affair that is sure to appeal to fans of Candlemass, Solitude Aeternus, Count Raven, and Memory Garden.

Most of the tunes here are lengthy and quite epic sounding, with the vocals being a mix of soaring clean and slightly gruff nature. Opening title track is mournful doom, slow and plodding but with soaring melodies. "Iscariot" provides even heavier riffs but adds some bluesy groove, giving the song an almost Pentagram meets Cathedral feel, while "Hwila" adds female vocals and symphonic elements for an even more majestic presentation. Much of the album has that somber yet powerful aura (so present in the music of Candlemass and Aolitude Aeternus) which so many doom fans look for, so if that's your cup of tea there'a a lot to recommend here. That being said, don't expect tons of originality on Decades of Despair, though the 15-minute epic "Codex Dei" does have some intriguing folk, progressive & gothic elements that mesh nicely witht he devastating doom passages. Solid stuff all around and worth checking into.

Track Listing
1. Decades Of Despair
2. Iscariot
3. Hwila
4. Boeves Psalm
5. Ashes To Ashes (1:23:45)
6. Hollow
7. Marion Crane
8. Stums Polska
9. Codex Dei
10. What A Wonderful World

Added: December 27th 2012
Reviewer: Pete Pardo
Related Link: Band MySpace Page
Hits: 3611
Language: english

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