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The Pitch: The second album from Horizon of the Mute, a one-man Finnish doom project incorporating drone, industrial and electronic influences. A CD version has been made available by French Anesthetize Productions and a limited edition hand-made vinyl edition by Death Shrine Offerings.
What I Like: As is often the case, I wasn't particualrly enthused at the prospect of reviewing another doom release. My penchant for the fast and hard often leaves me feeling restless within this context, but thankfully Horizon of the Mute has some surprises in store. The first track is more or less your average death/doom fair, but once we wander onto "Framed in Mitre," the delicate touches that make this release shimmer begin to emerge. Ominous industrial sounds take over the percussion section, offset by a really catchy synth hook that reminds me of playing old point and click games like Myst and Riven. These subtle little additions add so much character and atmosphere to the music, from the melancholic, minimalist string and piano arragements to simple things like chimes and güiro (if I'm not mistaken).
Critiques: Mostly my complaint is still that I'd like some faster moments, but that's coming from a doom pleb who just needs to be more patient. I'd like to see someone with a few more years of experience in the genre weight in on this one. We're looking for doom writers, btw.
The Verdict: Chiliad Right has plenty of the usual echoing power chord progressions and death snarls typical of extreme doom, but it's thanks to the creative implementation of other diverse sounds that makes this album truly shine. Jani Koskela clearly has a strong ability to translate their exact vision into layered, well-crafted compositions. And thanks to full artistic control as the sole artist, everything is just as it should be.
Flight's Fav's: Framed in Mitre, Obliterating the Extinguished
-Review by FlightOfIcarus
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