Mystic Charm- Shadows of the Unknown

Eoin McLove

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on: February 23, 2021, 09:50:29 PM
Just came across this and it sounds good to me. A Dutch doom death band from the 90s who released only this one full length,  along with a few demos and EPs. It's got a cheap, raw production that works for me, female death vox and some Beherit robot voice, church bells, loud acoustic bits... kind of cliched, but in the right way as far as I'm concerned. It's got some goodbad artwork too,  probably made for the singer's junior cert art project  8)

It is getting a tape reissue through Headsplit Records,  so I'll have to fire in an order.

https://youtu.be/s57__vF8RPI


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Reply #1 on: February 23, 2021, 11:01:19 PM
The artwork and the name are truly fuckin awful. Haha. Just pressed play.


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Reply #2 on: February 23, 2021, 11:14:14 PM
Seriously bang of Obituary off them.


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Reply #3 on: February 23, 2021, 11:39:10 PM
Haven't got round to that band much in the couple of years I've had it. Thanks for the reminder.


Eoin McLove

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Reply #4 on: February 24, 2021, 06:36:31 AM
Seriously bang of Obituary off them.

It's more diverse than Obituary but there's a slight similarity I suppose. There are loads of nice little details scattered throughout the album.


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Reply #5 on: February 24, 2021, 10:27:14 AM
It was enjoyable but I don't see myself going back to it. While definitely more diverse, I heard Obituary throughout.


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Reply #6 on: February 24, 2021, 10:40:26 AM
Dunno,  defo got much more out of it than that. Bits of DDTM, Forest of Equilibrium and maybe stuff like Asphyx that I'm not too arsed with.  But those bits don't define the album as a whole and it moves about enough to keep my attention. Gonna grab a tape.

I'd also proudly wear a t-shirt with that spazzo artwork on it  8)


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Reply #7 on: February 24, 2021, 12:27:54 PM
Get it in white with a perfectly square print in the middle.


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Reply #8 on: February 24, 2021, 12:40:19 PM
Ideal!


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Reply #9 on: February 28, 2021, 03:55:09 AM
Yeah, quality album. Heard about them a while back from the Brainsmasher YouTube channel and have regularly stuck this on since. I always group them in my mind with November Grief, probably because they're both just female-fronted death doom from way back when, rather than anything else, but they're both good.

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It is getting a tape reissue through Headsplit Records,  so I'll have to fire in an order.

That's cool, I wasn't aware of that label. They seem to have reissued a few semi-obscure classics on tape. Pretty amused to see they have a Polish band called 'Armagh' they're stocking too. They're actually fairly decent! - https://armagh.bandcamp.com/album/cold-wrath-of-mother-earth
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Reply #10 on: February 28, 2021, 06:00:14 PM
There was also an American grind band called Drogheda. And Maniac Butcher have an album called Lucan Antikrist. I'm holding out for a Finnish funeral doom band called Belturbet.


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Reply #11 on: February 28, 2021, 08:47:14 PM
There was an American band called Donnybrook too.
I think Donnybrook is slang for a fight in some parts of yankyland.


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Reply #12 on: February 28, 2021, 09:01:41 PM
Jesus, it just means RTÉ here  :laugh:


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Reply #13 on: February 28, 2021, 10:47:51 PM
That's some serious bad artwork there, good sound though, liking the mix of bells, female vocals and organs. Never heard of them before.


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Reply #14 on: March 05, 2021, 08:19:19 PM
Tape and t-shirt ordered. Loving the mongo artwork  8)