Released: 2014, Iron Bonehead Productions
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Like an evil lurking mist, shrouded in death and repugnancy, comes Finish three-piece CEMETERY FOG. Since the band’s formation in 2012, these blackened death metallers managed to put out not one, not two, but three demos last year, despite some of the reception to the first of those being somewhat lukewarm.
This mini-album, certainly packs its punch when it comes to unique and authentic atmosphere. Taking doom death elements and marrying them with more typically black metal sounds, CEMETERY FOG manage to awake the listener from a two minute introductory slumber with the sounds of the Celtic Frost inspired, “Withered Dreams of Death” and it’s crunchy guitars layered above atmospheric synthesizer use.
More minimalistic keys and guitar harmonies play a vital part on “Shadow of Her Tomb”. With its romantic feel and melancholy blended on with the delicate use of female vocals, this tracks feels deep and emotional, but at the same time doesn’t deliver too much spectacular or even anything seriously memorable.
With its eerie blue artwork, this record certainly sounds like it looks, and does offer a unique edition the world of Scandinavian metal. Recommended for fans of Paradise Lost, early Hecate Enthroned and a weird sounding version of Autopsy but for goths, this is an ethereal experience like few other you will have heard this year.
Review by Jarod Lawley