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2.97 | 37 ratings | 6 reviews | 38% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1989

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. A Question of Trust (3:27)
2. The Principle of Doubt (4:48)
3. Once I Believed (4:29)
4. Ever Since Time Began (4:25)
5. Curse of Reality (4:27)
6. Twilight Zone (3:27)
7. Shades of Doom (4:04)
8. The Jester (5:51)
9. El Colibri (1:15)
10. No Friend of Mine (3:46)

Total Time: 40:09

Line-up / Musicians

- Wolfgang Borgmann (Keil) / vocals, human noises
- Frank Fricke (Rolf Stein) / lead & rhythm guitars
- Uwe Baltrusch (Mark Kaye) / lead guitar, backing vocals
- Ralph Hubert (Björn Eklund) / electric & acoustic basses, acoustic & concert guitars, sounds, producer
- Jörg Michael (Gordon Perkins) / drums, percussion, gong

- F. Hallmack / sounds

Releases information

Artwork: Joachim Luetke

LP Aaarrg Records ‎- AAARRG 19 (1989, Germany)
LP Aaarrg Records ‎- 2017 - 01V (2017, Germany)

CD Aaarrg Records ‎- AAARRG 19 (1989, Germany)
CD Zardoz Music ‎- 2150053 (2002, Germany) Remastered/remixed
CD Steamhammer ‎- 265282 CD (2013, Germany) As above

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MEKONG DELTA The Principle Of Doubt ratings distribution

(37 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(38%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(16%)
Good, but non-essential (27%)
Collectors/fans only (16%)
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MEKONG DELTA The Principle Of Doubt reviews

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Review by OpethGuitarist
2 stars A bit of a standstill.

A lackluster performance by an otherwise very talented group. This is one of my least favorite Mekong Delta releases, with few engaging tracks (only the Twilight Zone cover is enjoyable) and lacking in much of the classical textures that distinguish this band from being a mere thrash output. The original tracks are fairly tepid, and really fail to get going from the start.

At this point in their career, Mekong Delta had already shown affections towards classical based compositions, so I am somewhat at a loss at the lack of influences found here in that regard. Most of it sounds like second-rate Megadeth, and really fails to show how the band can and has shined. Twilight Zone is the only real solace, an excellent cover that is just as haunting, if not more so, than the original.

Check out other Mekong Delta albums to get a better idea about what this band is about. Not as poor as Kaleidescope, but still not up to par. A small blemish on an otherwise great career.

Review by FruMp
2 stars The weakest release from the classical tech thrash group.

MEKONG DELTA had released 2 very curious albums before this one featuring odd technical riffs with odd singing that didn't really lend itself to thrash, singing often in different keys but obviously intentionally and most curious of all was the seemless integration of thrash instrumentation in a classical framework.

On 'Principle of Doubt' unfortunately the group had decided to take a more straight up thrash approach, the dark atmosphere is still here though but the classical-thrash hybrids are barely there at all. The album starts with the best song in 'A Question of Trust', a tech thrash thriller with some brutal double kick, probably one of the best tech-thrash songs of their career but unfortunately from there it all slows down a bit and gets a bit stale. Another highlight is a cover of the theme from the TV series 'The Twilight Zone' which came a little bit out of left field but is executed perfectly in the same vein as the classical-thrash hybrids they're so renowned for. Unfortunately unless you count the aforementioned song the only foray into classical territory is 'El Colibri' which is a pitiful one minute and 20 seconds long.

The production improved markedly for 'Principle of Doubt' with some well defined guitar and drums but not much else did, recommended only to fans of the band and tech thrash die-hards.

Latest members reviews

2 stars A bit of a return to basic thrash metal. Mekong Delta is normally a very left field band with tonnes of strange beyond belief rhythm structures and melodies. That is not commercial music though and I suspect the band wanted more than admiration from the music scene. Money in the piggy bank, for ... (read more)

Report this review (#617296) | Posted by toroddfuglesteg | Monday, January 23, 2012 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I did never get why this piece of (supposedly) metal art is so terribly underestimated among the fans who get the whole tech thrash thing. Maybe it's because this particular MD output should be better observed in a more complex and open-minded context? Anyway, I feel rather uncomfortable becau ... (read more)

Report this review (#294516) | Posted by Bronth | Saturday, August 14, 2010 | Review Permanlink

2 stars This is probably the weirdest thing I've ever heard. And definitely the weirdest metal release I've heard. I can really appreciate ambitions but I don't think I'd force anyone to listen to this album. Production is terrible and the songs on this release are totally sensless. What a mess. I don't ... (read more)

Report this review (#212354) | Posted by LSDisease | Saturday, April 25, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars After a promising, but mistreated for the production, debut album and a sequel much more mature and finished, comes this third effort of the dark band Mekong Delta. The sound is much better than in the fisrt two albums, but still can improve. Anyway, the dark and dull sound contributes to make ... (read more)

Report this review (#202740) | Posted by Tritone | Saturday, February 14, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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