Shroud Of Bereavement Live Report
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Aah, imagine my delight when I found out Shroud Of Bereavement were playing at Dee Dee's in Quincy, MA on Jan. 28th. I first heard them a few months ago through samples posted on their website and have been waiting to catch them live ever since. This was a long awaited fresh breeze of doom as opposed to the hardcore- infested New England scene. Being primarily a doom metal fan, I was quite elated to attend the show.
I'd never heard or seen any of the supporting bands so I didn't know what to expect. Fortunately, the whole evening turned out to be very gratifying as all 4 bands pretty much encompassed the range of my musical tastes.
The first surprise of the night came from DOMINATUS, whom I readily present my "best newcomer" award. They delivered a great set- an amalgam of melodic black and death, think Dimmu Borgir and Emperor meet Nile. Pure heavy music, skillfully blending technical guitar rifffs with poetic passages. Sounds
It seemed like a whole new crowd had arrived before the A TERRIBLE NIGHT FOR A CURSE set. This band turned out to be another pleasant surprise. They were very energetic and looked like they were having a great time playing ( judging by the amount of headbanging, especially by one of the guitarists). Musically, they are quite tight, being unafraid to mix death metal with industrial elements, resulting in bizarre but successfully carried out twists and turns. Sounds
Next off were the competent and assured KEVORKIAN'S ANGELS. They have a full-length debut album out through NotCommon Rec. and maybe due to the fact had a strong local following. Chaotic and brutal grindcore with some punk and hardcore influences. This said, imagine how their cover of Ramones' Blitzkrieg Bop sounded. The guys exhibited a great sense of humour.
Finally, it was time for SHROUD OF BEREAVEMENT to take the floor. Their music weaves slow piano and violin parts with faster death metal-esque passages, lamenting lost loves and lives. Dan's growling is accompanied by harmonizing clean female vocals to deliver sorrowful atmosphere. A very solid band for the fans of poetic Death/Doom. Sounds
The capstone of their set was the final song "A Rose For A Dying Muse", which Dan wrote for his late best friend and which brough to a close an excellent night of local metal acts.
In conclusion I'd like to say that Dee Dee's is a small but hospitable venue and it's good to see that they are supporting the local scene. However, one hopes that these bands are able to expand into filling larger venues where they can build their fan base further and advance their sound.
To view some live shots, go to the gallery section.
Shroud Of Bereavement have 2 albums coming out this year through Oak Knoll Prod. If you live in the Boston area and want to see them live, here's a list of their upcoming shows:
02/17 at The Skybar, Somerville, MA
02/20 at Jarrod's Place- Attleboro, MA
03/13 at PA's Lounge- Somerville, MA
04/22 at The Bomb Shelter- Manchester, NH ( with CRYPTOPSY)
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