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The Burning Dogma – No Shores Of Hope

The Burning Dogma
No Shores Of Hope
by Johnny Jackal at 27 July 2016, 4:54 PM

This is the band’s first full-length album after an EP and a Live Album that were released in years past.

It is a rather inconsistent album with a lot of good songs but with poor rhythm and momentum. There are way too much instrumental songs and it really cuts the album in half pretty much. You get into a track, and then you get an instrumental song.

The first track is “Waves of Solitude”; an ambient instrumental intro, which is very spacy and just over a minute long.

The second song is “The Breach”; a lot of Double Bass Action on this one. The dual vocals remind me of Randy Blythe from LAMB OF GOD and Angela Gossow from ARCH ENEMY. This song also reminds me of the latter band, but is far less technical.

The third song is “Enigma of the Unknown”. It is another instrumental song, and is very synth oriented; a very basic instrumental prelude.

The fourth song is “Skies of Grey”. It sounds like good old Swedish Death Metal (IN FLAMES, DARK TRANQUILLITY). There are three kinds of vocalists on this one. You got the high screeching vocals, the low growl death metal vocals and you have the female cleans. This is the only time you hear the clean female vocals, which is a shame, because that girl has got some pipes!

The fifth song is “Feast for Crows”. This reminded me of the first few LACUNA COIL albums with more synthesizers and programming. I felt like I was listening to a newer FEAR FACTORY song with how the guitars sound on this one.  There are dual vocals on this one as well - this is a recurring trend - and I enjoyed the change of pace of the different types of vocals throughout the album.

The sixth song is “Burning Times”. The guitar here sounds straight out of a MESHUGGAH album! Very repetitive but still quit enjoyable. We have male clean vocals on this one and it’s not pretty; unfortunately the guy lacks the range and emotion of his female counterpart.

The seventh song is “Distant Echoes”. This is another instrumental song. This reminded me a lot of the SYG:AR:TYR albums I reviewed earlier on this year.

The eighth song is called “No Shores of Hope”. This is probably their best effort. It stands apart from anything else on the album and reminded me of late 90’s DIMMU BORGIR or CRADLE OF FILTH. There are a lot of keyboards and duelling vocals throughout the song.

The ninth song is “Dying Sun”. This is a very keyboard-driven instrumental song. Not much more to say about this one. As I’ve previously mentioned, there are too many instrumental songs to get really into the album and that’s a shame. It just kills the concentration of the listener.

The tenth song is called “Nemesys”. There are some solid duel guitars at the beginning. It starts off slow then picks up very fast. There are a lot of breakdowns on this one and it may be the most complete song of the album. This reminded me a lot of some of the older albums by THE HAUNTED.

The last three songs are the parts of “Dawn Yet To Come”. It begins with an instrumental song based around a lot of keyboards and drums. The second part has the three different types of vocals that I’ve mentioned earlier. It’s a solid song and a great way to finish off the album. Even though the clean male vocals aren’t very good, they don’t have too much presence on this one. As for the last part of the song, this is straight out off a mid 90’s DREAM THEATER album; a very prog-oriented instrumental outro.

“No Shores Of Hope” is a good effort but it lacks the direction needed to completely immerse one in the music.

Songwriting: 7
Originality: 7
Memorability: 7
Production: 8

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
  1. Waves of Solitude
  2. The Breach
  3. Enigma of the Unknown
  4. Skies of Grey
  5. A Feast for Crows
  6. Burning Times
  7. Distant Echoes
  8. No Shores of Hope
  9. Dying Sun
  10. Nemesys
  11. Dawn Yet To Come I (Drowning)
  12. Dawn Yet To Come II (No Heroes' Dawn)
  13. Dawn Yet To Come III (…E Uscimmo A Riveder Le Stelle)
Lineup:
Andrea Montefiori - Lead Vocals
Maurizio Cremomini - Lead Guitar
Diego Luccarini – Rhythm Guitar
Giovanni Esposito - Keyboards
Simone Esperti - Bass
Antero Villaverde - Drums
Record Label: Independent
     


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Edited 27 October 2021
 

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