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IN MOURNING

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IN MOURNING is a progressive death metal band formed in Sweden in 2000 by members Tobias Netzell (guitars,vocals),Christian Netzell (drums),Pierre Stam (bass),Bjorn Pettersson (guitar) and Tim Nedergard (guitar).

Starting out as a gothic metal band,IN MOURNING'S music gradually evolved into a more progressive and melancholic style over the course of five demos:"In Mourning" (2000),"Senseless" (2002),"Need" (2003),"Confessions of the Black Parasite" (2004) and "Grand Denial" (2005).

IN MOURNING was signed to Aftermath Music and released their full-length debut "Shrouded Divine" in 2008.While comparable in sound and style to fellow countrymen OPETH,IN MOURNING is in no way an imitator and proves it is still possible to write progressive and melodic death metal with originality and essence.

HIGHLY recommended to all fans of this sub-genre!



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Shrouded Divine, studio album (2008)
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3.88 | 20 ratings
Shrouded Divine
2008
3.57 | 38 ratings
Monolith
2010
3.67 | 49 ratings
The Weight of Oceans
2012

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 The Weight of Oceans by IN MOURNING album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.67 | 49 ratings

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The Weight of Oceans
In Mourning Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Gallifrey

4 stars In Mourning ? "The Weight Of Oceans"

12/20

48th place album of the year 2012

Melodeath bands never cease to amaze me in their ability to keep music going using only guitars. I often argue that if they used clean vocals as well as the complex guitars they could be some of the most revered bands in the world. Insomnium, a Finnish band, would easily become my favourite band of all time if they didn't use death growling.

But that's where the talent in these bands lies. They can somehow make an 'ugly' genre, death metal, beautiful. I can't help but dream what these bands must be like to people who actually enjoy death growling. In Mourning really nail some of the death growled parts. I often raise albums for having 'catchy' choruses, or vocal hooks as the music majors call them. But somehow the chorus of "Colossus" is insanely catchy without even having a vocal melody. I find myself chanting my impression of a growl to that rhythm every time, as I would to any pop song.

To the reason of its position in this chart, the guitars. While "Colossus" nails it with vocals, most of the other songs are laden with decent riffs, the sort of riffs regular metal bands would use in one song, In Mourning nails 8 of them into one track. It really is intriguing listening, and not once do I complain about the ugliness of the vocals like I do in regular death metal, because I'm not really listening to them.

But this album has another gem. I had not heard In Mourning before this release, but I understand from fan reactions that "Celestial Tear" is a new thing for them. This entirely clean-sung song sits right in the middle of the album like an oasis for those, like me, who aren't fans of the death vocals. And not just that, it is a truly wonderful song, even on an album filled with similar style songs this would stick out, but on an album of heavy melodic death metal, this gothic rock beauty really takes the cake.

You may be wondering why this review is overtly positive and yet this album isn't that high. Again, it's just my prejudice against death growling. Sorry. So, recommended in completeness to any extreme metal fans, especially those who love riffs as opposed to solos. I still recommend others listen to this, check out "Celestial Tear" and "Colossus", to see if you like it, as I'm not an extreme metal fan and I still enjoy it.

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 The Weight of Oceans by IN MOURNING album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.67 | 49 ratings

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In Mourning Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Time Signature

4 stars Branded a progressive melodic death metal band, In Mourning obviously have certain liberties and can get away with things that other more traditional genre-bound death metal artists might not be forgiven for.

Their latest release "The Weight of Oceans", for instance, does not at all strike me as being a death metal release. Well, that is, the vocal style consists of growls and screams, but other than that we are dealing with music which is much more in the direction of gothic metal blended with alternative rock and progressive metal. And, you know what, it is pretty good actually. I think that the melancholic bass-driven opening of the very first track 'Colossus' pretty much makes that clear.

Drawing on dark atmospheres, melodic harmonies and spicing things up with odd time signatures every now and then, In Mourning have really struck gold artistically speaking. Not unlike with gothic metal legends Paradise Lost, melancholic and melodic guitar leads are a central feature in the sound of In Mourning's music - even in more aggressive tunes like the thrashy 'A Vow to Conquer the Ocean' and the black metal informed 'Isle of Solace' do we hear melodic guitar leads. And it is exactly this sense of melody, and the lushness it generates, along with the little details and twists and turns found throughout this album, that makes "The Weight of Oceans" the very interesting and compelling listen that it is.

In many ways, In Mourning could be described as a more sophisticated Paradise Lost (of course, In Mourning have their own sound - this is just to draw a line of comparison), combining melancholy and musical lushness. I think that "The Weight of Oceans" should appeal to fans of the likes of Barren Earth, My Dying Bride, Paradise Lost and perhaps also Crematory and Ecnephias.

(review originally posted at metalmusicarchives.com)

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 Monolith by IN MOURNING album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.57 | 38 ratings

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Monolith
In Mourning Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Conor Fynes
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3 stars 'Monolith' - In Mourning (6/10)

Having only recently come to my attention, I had heard good things about this Swedish melodic death metal act before checking it out. Being described by some as 'one of the best metal albums of 2010,' I took it upon myself to give In Mourning's 'Monolith' a listen for myself to decide whether these claims were founded or not. As it turns out, this young band is certainly impressive in their own right. Taking the signature melodic metal sound of their home country (also called the 'Göteborg' sound), In Mourning makes a solid first impression. However, the route the band takes has been done to death already, and with legions of acts having already covered the same territory before, it might be difficult for this talented act to make a lasting stand.

From the first listen of the opening track, I instantly related the music of In Mourning to compatriot acts Dark Tranquility, Opeth, and In Flames, among others. A very polished sound, plenty of heavy melodic guitar work, growls and then a soaring, catchy chorus all tie this band together with the more experienced and travelled acts. The album starts off in a vein that is very typical of melodic death metal, but also very skilled and enjoyable. Throughout the first few tracks, there is solid song structure, choral hooks and occasional curveballs, such as an acoustic breakdown here and there. Towards the latter part of the album however, there is a very noticable (possibly intentional), gradual change of sound. While the beginning of the album took an upbeat and hard hitting approach to the music, things start sounding more like doom metal than anything as 'Monolith' nears it's closing. With heavy anthems like 'The Poet & The Painter Of Souls' and the funeral doom epic 'The Final Solution' sharing the same disc, 'Monolith' can feel at times like two separate works. However, the change of the sound from upbeat to depressive and forlorn makes for an interesting emotional journey.

While certainly not being the most original act I've come across, one thing In Mourning does very well, is the actual presentation and execution of their music. In a crystal clean vessel of production, it becomes all the more important for the musicians to give a very deliberate and purposeful execution. The members of In Mourning accomplish this by delivering a nearly flawless performance of their work. Tobias Netzell gives a good range of vocal work here running from growls to vulnerable clean vocals, although the majority of the vocal work here generally rests on low pitched grunts, typical of the genre.

In Mourning have established themselves as a talented act with 'Monolith.' There is a great performance, some decent songwriting ability and a competent package. The band wears their influences on their sleeve, but rarely succeeds at surpassing the giants of the style.

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 Monolith by IN MOURNING album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.57 | 38 ratings

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In Mourning Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Robinanimate

3 stars Disappointing, at least from an extreme-metal-fan's point of view.

The Shrouded Divine has become one of my favorite albums over the last two years. I would go as far as declaring it one of my favorite albums of the last decade. With that album being such a favorite of mine the expectations to their follow up might have been unrealistically high. Nevertheless, the second official release from In Mourning proves to be somewhat of a disappointment. The music is still performed flawlessly. There are good melodies, but something made me lose interest rather quickly. I did, however, spend a long time trying, as I really was rooting for these guys. It is hard to describe in one sentence what makes this inferior to their debut, so I will have to go in detail.

The album opens with For You To Know, and the riffing is pretty good. That is before the awful vocals kick in. Luckily this singing style only appears a couple of times on the album. I can appreciate the screamo, nu-metal style vocals in the right setting. But when everything is as perfectly performed, border lining a neurotics wet fantasies, there are no place for out of key sounding elements. This singing style seems almost identical to that of Leprous as well. But where it fits nicely in with the style of Leprous, it just seems out of place in this setting. The rest of the song is by far one of the best on the album. The melody, variation and riffs are top notch.

The next song is called Debris. Forgetting the yawn of an opening, this song kicks off with one of the albums most interesting riffs (00:58). The starting/stopping and subtle syncopations are similar to the riffing I loved with The Shrouded Divine. Also the following verse is incorporated with the technicality of the riff in an excellent manner. Unfortunately when the pre-chorus riff takes over (around 02:50), the rest of the song becomes very predictable. The riffing is straight forward. I have heard the chorus many times before. And in addition, being that Debris is one of the "calmer" tracks on the album, kicking in a slower pace towards the end makes me lose interest. It would have been a better choice to pick up the pace instead. The remainder of the song seems very similar to the band Godgory. (This goes for many tracks on this album.)

The third track, The Poet and the Painter of Souls, is the most upbeat track on the album. The riffing is rather straight forward though. There are some excellent syncopated parts jumping in at 01:28, but this little spicing of the riffs aren't enough to break up the monotonous feel of this track. Where such riffs were spiced up with unexpected turns and twists on The Shrouded Divine, such tendencies are absent on Monolith.

The Smoke also reminds me very much of Godgory before the singing starts. Then it dwells into more doomy areas. The whole song has a very monotonous feel, compared to most of the tracks on their previous album. It sounds a bit as an old Katatona track, of the album Brave Murder Day. I also get some My Dying Bride vibes.

The opening riff of A Shade Of Plague is also very goth sounding. It would fit nicely in as a Sentenced riff. A more progressive part takes over for a few seconds, but the mid tempo, doomy feel permeates in this song as well. Also similar to Godgory. Riffing is straight forward and monotonous here as well.

With You Came Silence is again dwelling in Katatonia-esque landscapes. Especially the lead guitar is very similar. Also this track makes me loose interest as it develops into more doomy stuff as opposed to picking up the pace, or spicing up the predictability with technical twists and unexpected turns.

Pale Eye Revelation starts op with a thin, and somewhat strange sounding riff, before the verse is introduced. It seems to be picking it up momentarily, before the track looses itself in monotony and predictability. This song also lacks what most songs on Monolith have been missing, which is a touch of original identity.

Ending this album is the track, The Final Solution. It is 12 minutes long and also by far the most doom sounding and slow song on the album. And that would be great if it had been made with some originality to it. Though this song is far from being a Funeral Doom song, In Mourning could have benefitted from listening to Swallow The Sun or Runemagic, if they wanted to make some really slow doom songs with originality and identity to it. The Final Solution sound like something that has been made countless times before.

So there you have it. I guess my objections to Monolith are that it has lost some of the unique identity that I initially found in The Shrouded Divine. The previous album also had some pretty usual death metal songs, but they were consistently spiced up with unexpected elements. Elements that unfortunately are absent on Monolith. Where The Shrouded Divine was borderline tech/extreme metal, Monolith is borderline doom metal. And some of In Mournings initial magic seems lost. Still, I have not given up on this band. I count them as one of the most exciting metal acts to emerge in quite a time, and look forward to their future endeavors. Better luck next time.

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 Monolith by IN MOURNING album cover Studio Album, 2010
3.57 | 38 ratings

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Monolith
In Mourning Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Marty McFly
Special Collaborator Errors and Omissions Team

4 stars I sometimes wonder what's happening with Death Metal these days (yes, I call this Death Metal). Either I'm becoming more tolerant, or this music is getting softer and more melodic. In general speaking, it is hard rough, but let's be honest. You can find perfection in tyranny, as well as in beauty (beauty is more prominent). However, being rough, being not optimistic is not a crime, same as being optimistic is (hey you, haters of Moon Safari). Strange thing is that even most of my music works in my speakers, this one wasn't so successful (but as I said, most of music works [for me]), but this one is killing, striking greatness (yes, this word exist, hooray). For example Mannefall is metaphoric audioalization of simple act that every one of us must do from time to time. To catch your breath guys, that's it. Next round of melodic Tech Metal it is (so it's not plane, nor bird, it's Metal). I like this kind of "weaker" Tech Metal. Because it's not so "Extreme" (pun intended).

4(+), believe it or not, but you should believe, if you consider yourselves as "believer".

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Review by Jadittir

4 stars Dear fellow hardheaded progressiphiles, try imagine a band that plays a mix style of Opeth and In Flame or Dark Tranquility. If you happen to love those aforementioned, this is it...this is Monolith.

I have to say I don't know much about the previous releases of In Mourning as this album, Monolith, is happen to be the first In Mourning CD I've ever own (Thank you PA .) What I do know is there are pretty much resemblance of Swedish metal sound incorporated in this release. And since I am a hardcore Opeth fan and was for Dark Tranquility/In Flame admirer, I found this album very pleasing. There is not much left to say about their sound since a terminology like Opeth + Dark Tranquility is quite self explanatory. Mixing, production and musicianship wise, they are topnotch. The only thing that I don't like is vocal style. I used to like it but as I grow older, however, I find this kind of top-of-the-lung growling/screaming is quite let down.

Very good album for Tech/Extreme Prog. Almost full 4 stars. But for Swedish Melodic Death Metal lover, this album is 5 stars.

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 Shrouded Divine by IN MOURNING album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.88 | 20 ratings

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In Mourning Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by Robinanimate

5 stars An Everlasting Piece

Its 2010, I have been living with this album for two years now, and I still don't grow weary of it. Though this is not In Mourning's debut album per se, it is their first official release. But this comes out as a work of professionals.

Even if this might not be considered progressive metal by everyone, it definitely is music performed with excellent skills. The music is fairly straight forward. But in every song, just when you think they are becoming predictable, the songs are spiced up with unexpected turns, changes in tempo and technical twists. Just by listening to one song by these guys, it is evident that they could perform much more technical stuff if they wanted. Every riff and drumbeat are performed with surgical technicality as far as the interaction between the instruments go.

Still, with technical performance being top notch, the melodies and atmosphere seems to be the focus of these guys. And they do it with style. The songs are melancholic, the melodies are played in minor, and vocals differentiate between clean and grunt, with a strong emphasis on the grunting vocals. This is also sung perfectly.

I don't know how to describe it, but these guys definitely hit a nerve that accorded with my personal taste. It is melodic, but still brutal. A lot of the extreme metal band focusing on melody tends to lose some of the technical finesse that fans of extreme metal loves. This is not the case with In Mourning. I would not compare them directly to Opeth, but as far as the composition of vocal lines goes, there are some similarities. The music, however, has a more polished sound. Not the 70's inspired sound that Opeth brilliantly applies. But still it is working for In Mourning with a more organic metal sound. I would say that some of the songs remind me somewhat of the mid-tempo songs of Death.

It is hard to compare In Mourning to any bands, as they don't seem to resemble anything directly. And that must be the best compliment I can give. They have definitely created something original here. They are easily recognized in every song. I can't wait to see how they will develop further.

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 Shrouded Divine by IN MOURNING album cover Studio Album, 2008
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In Mourning Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

Review by UMUR
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3 stars Shrouded Divine is the debut album from Swedish metal band In Mourning. After having released no more than five demos between the years 2000 - 2006 In Mourning was finally signed to Aftermath Music and Shrouded Divine was given a release in early 2008. In Mourning has changed their style over the years from gothic inspired metal towards a more progressive approach. Personally I don´t find this music very progressive, but that´s a question of definition and since Shrouded Divine is here on Prog Archives I´m going to review it.

The music is very guitar heavy yet melodic. The vocals are mostly growling but there are a few ( and I mean a few) clean vocal parts which is nice for the diversity. One of the main influences is Opeth but I also think there is a definite Götenburg melodic death metal influence in the music. Bands like Dark Tranquillity and Soilwork has also meant something for the music on Shrouded Divine even though In Mourning doesn´t sound much like those two bands. Even though In Mourning is pretty heavy they vary the pace within the songs so that they never bore me. All songs are of an equally high quality.

The musicianship is good and tight which is a alfa omega for a band like In Mourning with their sharp and edgy riffing.

The production is a typical modern metal production with click track on the double bass drum. Note the distinct sounding lead guitar sound.

The cover art is a bit deceiving IMO as it reminds me of what a doom death band would choose as cover art. But the name In Mourning also sound like a doom death band so I guess the confusion is total.

This is not a progressive metal or a tech metal album in my opinion. It´s a classic melodic death metal album with few technical hints which is unmistakebly from Sweden. How it ended up here on Prog Archives is beyond me when I see what quality progressive and tech metal bands that have been rejected. Bands that IMO has much more relevance to prog heads than this album. Well the bitching aside this is a good metal album. I don´t find it extraordinaire or progressive in any way but it deserves 3 stars.

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