Quite what there is left for me to say regarding this album is a mystery – the deluge of positive reviews that the band have received for “Dust” has pretty much succeeded in summarising that yes, this is a fantastic piece of work.
The most common compliments regard the flawless Mags/Academy production – on a sonic par with the classics, to be sure.
Others delight in the combination of clean and death vocals – again, not a lot for me to say here, because Frank’s highly impressive soar is indeed the perfect foil to Darren’s gruff bellow.
It’s rare that this is done, and rarer done so well. Moreover I could comment on the band’s uncanny knack for capturing that vintage early My Dying Bride tone and feel so closely to the original its unbelievable: but I’ve been beaten to it by countless others.
I am reviewing “Dust” now because it has been re released by Sentinel (the original was self released, and just missed out on a review here) with improved artwork, and because the band are about to put out their long awaited second album.
What I can say is that the pace is droning, and that the whole thing is a fantastic lament, a huge burdensome trek through the treacle of deepest darkest doom.
Full of atmosphere, songs like the title track just ooze dark obscurity while “In Mourning My Days” just has an epic quality about it akin to what few other bands can muster. It really is as good as all the press.
As much as I love it though, the band could step out of that MDB stylistic rut just a shade – though Darrens spoken parts are eloquent, evocative and romantic, they are the exact spit of Aaron’s. I mean I love it – I’m just playing devil’s advocate. Its hard to imagine much improvement being possible though – as a piece in its own right, Dust is monumental. Buy or die.
4.5 / 5 – Earl Grey ::: 12/10/02