Valuable self-produced debut of the Australians Myridian, authors of a gothic doom of remarkable thickness; placed in a hypothetical meeting point between Novembers Doom, Daylight Dies and Type 0 Negative, the five guys from Melbourne put on the plate an album devoid of smears and of great intensity, thanks also to the contribution at the console of a tutelary deity of the Aussie scene as Mark Kelson (The Eternal, but especially former Cryptal Darkness, the best gothic doom band ever appeared on oceanic soil). In Under The Fading Light songs with the usual melancholic mood follow one another without showing any fatigue or hint of repetitiveness and the album, despite its considerable length, goes along smoothly, graced by impeccable songwriting even if not highly original, with the sole exception of Starless, which is initially weighed down by a few too many piano baroquesques.
Impeccable the quintet on their instruments and excellent Felix Lane grappling with the growl while the clean vocals, I think by Josh Spivak, nicely evoke the timbre of the great Peter Steele. To the Dying Sun, Veil Of Sorrow, the title track and the closing track Ethereal Storm are the best episodes of an album that shows us a young but already sufficiently mature band; as is often the case in these cases, the hope is that Myridian can avail themselves as soon as possible of a label capable of promoting and supporting them adequately.
2012 – Independent