Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Fields of the Nephilim - Mourning Sun

6/10

Mourning Sun is even more overblown than Zoon and Fallen in its industrial excesses, but somehow, I enjoy it quite a bit. It's probably because it's so insanely over-the-top that it's entertaining, even though I would certainly hesitate to call it good. The opening track, "Shroud (Exordium)" sets the tone with goofy samples of monastic chanting and a baby crying (Bob Ezrin joke goes here), and when we finally hear McCoy's voice for the first time, it's hilarious- he's straining horribly here, desperately trying to sound like he did in the old days and failing miserably. He sounds considerably better on some of the other tracks, though.
My favorite song here is "Xiberia (Seasons in the Ice Cage)". Even the title sends me into conniptions- I can't help but imagine some screenwriter writing a serious script about the Soviet gulag that gets completely Hollywoodized by some dumb executive into a spectacle with a maniacal, caped Stalin, explosions and main characters based on those from Twilight. As for the song itself, it's ludicrous to the point of hilarity, with corny dance beats and heavily filtered vocals that still can't mask McCoy's ancient voice.
Also, all the songs go on for, like, two hours; I probably would've rated this album a point higher, because that seriously puts a damper on how entertainingly bad most of these songs are. I'd have to file Mourning Sun under the category "amusing trainwreck"; your mileage may vary.

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