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Review: Mausoleum Gate - Into a Dark Divinity
Mausoleum Gate
Into a Dark Divinity

Label: Cruz Del Sur Music
Year released: 2017
Duration: 41:29
Tracks: 6
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 2.5/5

Review online: December 9, 2017
Reviewed by: MetalMike
Readers Rating
Into a Dark Divinity

Rated 4.6/5 (92%) (10 Votes)

I didn't care much for Mausoleum Gate's self-titled debut from 2014 and their new album, 2017's Into a Dark Divinity, isn't changing my mind. The sound is still steeped in 70s prog and occult rock with ubiquitous Hammond organ riffs and arcane lyrics, something I normally dig. The problems start with the vocals, which are still all over the place, often with disregard for what note they should be on. They come across like a bad opera singer or a second-rate magician trying to cover up how incompetent his magic tricks are. There are some decent Doom riffs on tracks like "Apophis" and "Solomon's Key," though the singer does his best to over-emote the chorus on the latter. The faster cuts ("Burn the Witches at Dawn" and "Horns") sound silly, like tracks recorded at 33 rpm but played back at 45 rpm. The closer is the title track and honestly, I felt like I was listening to an overblown, overwrought Genesis jam from the Peter Gabriel era. Come to think of it, that is something I'd actually prefer rather than listen to Into a Dark Divinity again.

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