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Mourning Beloveth belongs to the top bands of the international doom/death scene! Since my first encounter with their slurring majestic doom with a proper heavy death metal injection, their albums were always high on my lists of the year. Three years after ‘A Murderous Circus’, the moment has come to exclude the surrounding common life and get submerged into five new doom epics. For ‘A Disease For The Ages’ includes – just like its predecessor – five masterly compositions with lengths varying from eight to thirteen minutes.

Mourning Beloveth has once again perfected their style on this fourth album and it involves a chunkier and more organic production compared to ‘A Murderous Circus’. No need to say that lyrics are deep-draught screams of despair and grief. This time the album even has a theme: the slow deconstruction of the body and mind with time. The purity and beauty of the music turns this experience into a mind’s catharsis. The pace of existence slackens down and we are led away on the sound of fluttering guitars, mighty death growls of Darren, massive riffs inwrought with melodious leads and pulverizing drums. In ‘The Sickness’ we already hear any clean vocals of Frank, they sporadically pop up in the songs. A crusher like fury is ‘Primeval Rush’ with its quiescent intro, rigorous powerful outburst and solemn spoken passage. The riffs following on a bass and drums intermezzo have the same dynamics as those of the magnificent ‘The Apocalypse Machine’ of the previous album. In ‘The Burning Man’ clean vocals are very beautiful, followed by riffs as falling stars. Some plucking guitars, dynamics fade out, but they return in diffuse riffs with solos that meander in between the monumental foundation of bass and drums. ‘A Disease For The Ages’ is a one hour long ultra-dense doom/death journey. Everyone who loves emotional yet powerful music should have this one in his/her collection! Now let’s hope that these Irish guys long for a Belgian beer soon!

Lords of Metal