Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Review: Cemetery Fog - Towards the Gates

At this time, not much is known about Finland's Cemetery Fog. We do know that the duo formed in 2012 and have since then released three demos during 2013. As an added bonus, their logo is indeed pretty bad ass and the cover art chosen for this particular EP release, Towards the Gates, is pretty damn spiffy. Without much more to say, let's get down to the nitty gritty.

Genre: Black Metal, Death Metal, Doom Metal
Release Date: August 1st, 2014
  1. Intro
  2. Withered Dreams of Death
  3. Embrace of the Darkness
  4. Shadow of Her Tomb
  5. Outro (Towards the Gates)
Total Playtime: 28 minutes, 30 seconds

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Rating: 5.0/10





At this time, not much is known about Finland's Cemetery Fog. We do know that the duo formed in 2012 and have since then released three demos during 2013. As an added bonus, their logo is indeed pretty bad ass and the cover art chosen for this particular EP release, Towards the Gates, is pretty damn spiffy. Without much more to say, let's get down to the nitty gritty.

Beginning with a warped carousel/music box piano medley, Cemetery Fog attempts to set the mood for a dark adventure. The organ synths in the background throughout the content gives the album a slight atmospheric edge, however they fail to make much of an impact; this is due to how far back that the synthesizer is positioned. In addition, the production constantly varies, sometimes bringing the bass drum kick and tom-toms to the forefront of the mix where as other times these elements are lost under the guitar.

The remaining tracks lay in an indistinguishable, disorienting heap; each song has the same layout, chords and drum patterns. In addition to the cluster, the muddled audio and mixing quality makes it hard to tell where the guitar ends and where the bass guitar and bass drum begin. The rhythm guitar is comprised of chunky, clumsy riffs while the lead provides novice-at-best solos and bridges. The drums contribute the most variance of any of the instrument matter, with patterns that are heavily laden with tom-toms and bass kicks.


"Withered Dreams of Death" is the most rewarding track on Towards the Gates, mostly for its enjoyable composition section where the vocals follow the descending pattern of the lead guitar. That, and it's the first real song of the album; the material hasn't had a chance to tire itself out yet. The content wears thin quickly, despite the bi-polar tempo fluctuations that take grunge-like turns from crawling to expedited, the audio simply just doesn't have enough content to keep the listener enthralled or immersed in the music.

An unfortunate, abysmal initial attempt at an EP. With such an intriguing band name, album title and accompanying album art, one may look forward to hearing Towards the Gates at first; but disappointed will set in about halfway through the material when the realization sets in that it's not actually going anywhere relevant. Out of the abundance of issues that this album has, the true deterioration here is that the band only use a handful of riffs and drum patterns while simultaneously failing to distinguish the composition of each track; everything is recycled from beginning to end. Unfortunately, the completely ethereal vocals do nothing to empower the tracks nor do they create an air of mystery despite their attempt at doing so. An interesting, worthwhile concept that wasn't executed well at all, spare yourselves the half hour.

Digital Download Provided by: Iron Bonehead Productions

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