Paragon Of Beauty
|©2001 Prophecy Productions
1. This Impossible Moment
2. One Step Into Nothingness
3. Yonder Thy Primrose Path, My Shuddered Face
4. Comfort Me, Infinity
5. A Drowning Day
6. About Glum Naiades And Idle Gods
7. How Futile It Seems To Sow
8. I Wished You Wouldn't Fall Silent
Every once in a while an album falls into your lap and just won't leave it. Comfort Me, Infinity is one of those.
The music is slow, very emotional, melodic, doomy metal-tinged rock, strongly reminiscent of recent Anathema. The vocalist, whose timbre sometimes reminds me of Mansun's singer, is the band's most endearing element. His vocals are very expressive and add several layers of angst to the band's already depressive music. While he is a little annoyingly over-the-top in a couple of instances, his performance is quite remarkable overall, as his emotional range and sense of dynamics let him sound like several (excellent) singers and even like layered guitars ("This impossible moment").
Unless one is clinically depressed, this album is not really supposed to be played everyday ad infinitum. Yet that's exactly what has been happening since I received it. A very fine record indeed.
Review by Rog The Frog Billerey-Mosier
Review date: 06/2001