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Depressed Mode - Ghosts of Devotion Review Review

by Billy Gamble

If I were to call Depressed Mode slow-tempo doom metal it might be an understatement. Their debut album, Ghosts of Devotion, is filled with cloned My Dying Bride tracks. Most of the songs fit the same structure and don’t venture out of those guidelines. A lot of the tracks don’t really go anywhere or ever even really pick up. As a whole, the album is anticlimactic. The songs repeat themselves immensely and end up with extensive measures and sections.

Depressed Mode combines Dimmu Borgir symphonic synths, My Dying Bride doomdeath vocals, and black metal sounding guitars played at a doom pace. The opening track “Alone” starts with an epic beginning that would suit any Dimmu album. The epic symphony is simple and carries on far too long to hold the listener’s interest. The tracks are dark and dim, but not usually entertaining from here on out. Tracks like “Suffer in Darkness” and “Fallen Angel” are trancy but not quite metal or representations of the band, more filler. “Words of Silence”, like many of the aforementioned tracks, starts with a lone eerie piano, but the song possess a more upbeat chord progression (that just repeats itself over and over). This theme of repetition is a constant of Ghosts of Devotion and plagues virtually the entire album.

Depressed Mode’s Ghosts of Devotion
1. Alone
2. So Long
3. Words of Silence
4. Suffer in Darkness
5. Ghost of Devotion
6. The Sun is Dead
7. Fallen Angel
8. Dunkelheit (Burzum Cover)
9. Cold

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