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Wrong - "Memories of Sorrow" (CD)

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"Memories of Sorrow" track listing:

1. They Look at Me
2. Through This Slit
3. I Prefer So
4. Now I Remember
5. I Want to Hear You Scream

Reviewed by on February 11, 2014

"The album is a dark play with nightmarish effects supporting mid-paced, tremolo-picked guitars in the lead."

Spanish duo Wrong plays a dampened, cold style of black metal consistent with the album title "Memories of Sorrow." The five tracks comprising the band's debut recording will make these grey days of winter even grayer. Wrong's emotional soundscapes are not derived from personal anguish, though each song tells a harrowing story. The album is a dark play with nightmarish effects supporting mid-paced, tremolo-picked guitars in the lead. Each filth-ridden, dystopian tale created through simplistic dynamics clocks in at lengthy times - over nine minutes at its longest and six-and-a-half at its shorted.

David Pérez's riffs are catchy and ooze with emotion. Phlegeton's drumming adds speed and intensity to the band's music, pumping his feet and flicking his wrists. Additionally, his use of effects to morph his voice into inhuman dimensions as heard on the shrill screeches at the beginning of "They Look At Me" and "I Prefer So," or the surreal fade on "Now I Remember" add an air of phantasmagoria.

Upfront guitars push the vocals, drums, bass, and piano to the background. This production is nothing new in the realm of black metal and works well in tandem with Pérez's dainty, tear-drop piano notes, adding a distant, dream-like quality to his sounds. Phlegeton's harsh vocal tones, however, needs more volume. The inability to decipher nearly any (even with a lyric sheet) of his words results in his voice becoming just another instrument.

"Memories of Sorrow" works well atmospherically. Vocal effects and delicate piano parts juxtaposed with loud, plodding guitars result in an ebon atmosphere most fans of depressive black metal will surely take to. Some guitar parts such as "Through The Slit" really stand out. The bending notes on this track fall somewhere between Katatonia and Blus Aus Nord. This track is a fine example, though, of how the band creates memorable riffs that become stale after a few minutes. It will be interesting to hear if Wrong improves upon these aspects on album number two.

Highs: The layers in each song creates dark atmosphere.

Lows: Wrong lacks variation so the guitar riffs become boring and repetitive.

Bottom line: Fans of depressive black metal will approve, but don't expect this album to find its way outside of the scene.

Rated 3 out of 5 skulls
3 out of 5 skulls

Rating Description
Rated 5 out of 5 skulls Perfection. (No discernable flaws; one of the reviewer's all-time favorites)
Rated 4.5 out of 5 skulls Near Perfection. (An instant classic with some minor imperfections)
Rated 4 out of 5 skulls Excellent. (An excellent effort worth picking up)
Rated 3.5 out of 5 skulls Good. (A good effort, worth checking out or picking up)
Rated 3 out of 5 skulls Decent. (A decent effort worth checking out if the style fits your tastes)
Rated 2.5 out of 5 skulls Average. (Nothing special; worth checking out if the style fits your taste)
Rated 2 out of 5 skulls Fair. (There is better metal out there)
< 2 skulls Pretty Bad. (Don't bother)