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Review: Old Night – Pale Cold Irrelevance

by Tomislav Debelić
Old Night
Old Night

Old Night – Pale Cold Irrelevance

1. The Last Child of Doom
2. Mother of All Sorrow
3. Thieves of Innocence
4. Architects of Doom
5. Something is Broken
6. Contemptus Mundi

Label: Rain Without End Records
Date: September 3, 2017

Old Night was formed in Rijeka in 2015, Croatia by Luka Petrović, out of the remains of his longstanding band Ashes You Leave. Although its first conception was a one-man project, Luka soon found other members who fulfilled the lineup and the band’s distinctive sound.

Speaking of the distinctive sound, this band definitely has it. Far from bands like My Dying Bride or Paradise Lost, Old Night takes a lot of influence from progressive rock, blues with layers and layers of atmosphere. Pink Floyd of doom metal if you like.

It would be pretty much a description of their debut album “Pale Cold Irrelevance”. Like any doom metal record, it takes its time, where are you slowly been embraced by the atmosphere and feel of the album.

The production part is well done, the sound is very clear. A lot of emphasis is taken of the acoustic and electric guitars which create this soft layer on the first tracks of the album, especially the solos.

Giving to the music genre that doom metal is, it has a lot of space for every instrument to breathe and to be noticed to the listener. Vocals are top notch here, although there are three guys singing, they blend like a one person. It’s emotional, sometimes rugh and flow with the music flawlessl. There are growls here and there in the background, but they are at times rarely noticeable. Lyrics are very much in the tune of the music, nothing spectacular but there are very strainghtforward and easy to ger with. As well as catchy, especially tracs like “Mother Of  All Sorrows” and “Something Is Broken”.

The whole album is about the feel, it starts flow and kind of mellow on themes of sorrow and loss but the second part of album picks up the place and feels like a journey with the band. Each of these six songs is roughly about nine minute’s duration. At a first instance is sounds like a chore to go through but after the first track “The Last Child of Doom”, you are in Old Night’s mood and fifty-eight minutes pasts like its nothing. It has an excellent flow.

Personally the second part of the album is my favourite when the songs become a bit heavier and more condemning in the lyrics. Starting with “Architects Of Doom”, “Something Is Broken” and “Contemptus Mundi” which is possibly the best track of the album. An fantastic heavy and emotional closer with a killer solo at the end. Something that sounds straight from the band like Mourning Beloveth.

As much I give praise for the album, it has its flaws. It easy to mistake the songs because of the similar song structures that may happen sometimes and you got be in the right mood for this. But if you are, this album will be on the replay for many hours a day on your stereo.

There aren’t a lot of doom metal bands in Croatia, but Old Night has the strength of a dozen.

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