Tales of Dark - _Fragile Monuments_
(Solitude Productions, 2006)
by: Quentin Kalis (7 out of 10)
This sextet of Serbs are clearly influenced by My Dying Bride at their peak (think _Turn Loose the Swans_). This is not only apparent form the vocals, which are an imitation of Aaron Stainthorpe's once idiosyncratic whines, but also from similar mournful riffs and progressions. Keys are present, but kept largely in the background. Female vocals occasionally surface, and she sounds like she has had some sort of training. (Don't males ever go for any sort of voice training?) The drumming is below mid-pace, but without being agonizingly slow. However, they lack the emotional intensity that their influence brought forth on the seminal _The Angel and the Dark River_.

The lyrics have a poetic touch, with faux-archaic English touches; despite their Slavic heritage, they have an excellent command of English, a fact which is not apparent from their ungrammatical name.

As the astute reader has no doubt gathered, Tales of Dark are not the most original doom band to have emerged -- I doubt they are even the most original doom band in their home country. Nonetheless, it is an enjoyable creation that any lover of romantic doom/death can appreciate.

Contact: http://solitude-prod.com

(article published 11/2/2007)


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