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Within Tears
Moments of Life-Chapter 1
January 2002
Released: 2001, Independent
Rating: 4.5/5
Reviewer: JP

There are not enough bands like this…pure doom. This NY band is so slow and so depressing…it’s beautiful! Everything down the all- black packaging, hurtin’ lyrics and production are picture perfect doom. And this is the real doom, not some frilly euro-doom with keyboards and some weepy blond chick, belting out arias in some foreign tongue, this is real suicide soundtrack stuff! There is a female singer but she is used sparingly and to good effect. Within Tears remind me of older Solitude Aeturnus and not surprisingly the masters and pioneers of the genre, Candlemass. In fact they do a cover of “Solitude” which is even slower and doomy than the original! Amazing stuff. Songs like “Beauty Creates Pain, “Alone” and “Empty” are all very enjoyable in a morbid way.

I can’t decide if this is a long EP or short full-length. 5 songs plus an intro the shortest tune being 6:55. However you slice it there is a good slab o’ doom here to keep you entranced. There are really two guys in the band, Sal Sgroi, the lyricist and vocalist and Anthony Lauer, who does everything else! They have a session drummer and the aforementioned guest female vocalist, Barabra Nolan, but I can’t help the feeling that this is more of a studio effort than a full blown touring act.

True doom is very hard to do and do well and Within Tears have succeeded admirably. Hopefully they can find a ray of sunshine and find the strength of will to keep going to produce Chapter II!
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