Even if the prolonged silence and the subsequent start of Illimitable Dolor’s activity would have predicted otherwise, Stuart Prickett resurrects his previous project The Slow Death and the welcome result is the possibility that we are given to listen to this abundant hour of excellent funeral death doom contained in the four long tracks that make up Siege. Even the return to activity by Mandy Andresen, who seemed to have abandoned the scene completely, turns out to be a pleasant surprise, allowing the Australian musician to reconstitute the original structure of the band, net of the unbridgeable gap (hence “the unlimited pain“) left by the departure of vocalist Greg Williamson, here replaced by Gamaliel, whose past reminds us of some unrecognized black metal realities of New South Wales. If we want to draw all the necessary parallels, it is clear that the approach of The Slow Death is more sweetened and less dramatic than that of Illimitable Dolor, due not only to the prevalent use of Mandy’s feminine timbre, but also to the fact that the growl of the newcomer is even harsher than that of his predecessor. In fact, an underlying melancholy pervades the work without ever pushing to the poignant and desperate tones of the other band and the overall outcome allows to pass over some questionable choices, like the death rant that marks part of an otherwise soft-toned track like Famine. Siege is a beautiful work that doesn’t overturn the order of magnitude between Illimitable Dolor and The Slow Death, always unbalanced in my unquestionable opinion in favour of the first ones, even if I greet this return with great satisfaction.

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