their third release, ‘Shards’, German doom veterans Mirror of
Deception have forged a fine disc of darkness. However on a slightly
lighter note than British colleagues My Dying Bride, Mirror of Deception
leaves no listener in doubt that melancholy is the priority here.
adding much new to the genre apart from a Life Of Agony hardcore part a
la Method of Groove during the tracks Dead Pledge and Pyre as well as
the almost progressive mid-seventies Black Sabbath-esque The Capital
New, ‘Shards’ is an effort that will please all fans of doom with
it’s suitably slow riffing and emotional vocal.
of vocals; Michael Siffermann’s voice is of the fragile sort and does
in now way resemble the dark hum of Aaron Stainthorpe from
aforementioned My Dying Bride. Generally, Siffermann’s voice fares
well with the music, but is sadly misplaced on the fourth track of the
CD, The Erupted.
Apart from that, as I said already, a recommendable album for doomsters
of all ages.