band: Depressive Mode album: Tales from the Lonely Lands year: 2011
genres: funeral doom metal, ambient origin: Turkey
NEITHER A POP BAND, NOR A GOTHIC METAL ONE
I don’t really know if it’s because of my condition of having one of those terrible nights that I have fairly enjoyed this album. Believe in me, the name of this band is not a joke, this is extremely depressive music. Depressive Mode should not be confused with finish gothic/doom metal band Depressed Mode, who, by the way, have disappointed me with their second release 4 years ago. And, of course, Depressive Mode shouldn’t be confused with electro-pop legend Depeche Mode, neither. They are a two-person band from Turkey who had already published one album before. And now they’re back with a second full-length album featuring 10 tracks of pure melancholy.
Depressive Mode has an interesting conception of music, as their Facebook page claims: “We believe that music is simple. And due to our nihilistic outlook to whole life, began to transform our feelings to tunes.” And, yes indeed, their music is minimalistic, twisted and raw yet quite effective. It’s funeral doom metal with a considerable amount of ambient music elements. Even the recording quality is low and simple. This kind of minimalist, as I’ve always said, brings a more depressive feeling to music, especially when we talk about genres like funeral doom metal or depressive black metal. Although they talk about the simplicity of their music, let me tell you that they’re not as monotonous as lots of funeral doom metal bands uses to be. In fact, the songs are relativity short, about 5 minutes length each one.
This second album entitled “Tales from the Lonely Lands” brings us 46 minutes of torturous dosage of funeral doom metal. The album sounds quite similar to funeral doom solo project Lord Grief. The most relevant similitude are the keys which are set to create a dense atmosphere of melancholy, especially in track 2 “And the Angels Buried Themselves” the keys are close to Lord Grief. The importance of keys is shown in tracks like “And the End” and “Mournful Hopes” with a simple yet catching use of piano. They even include two whole ambient songs: “Bridge of Moonlight” and “Came to Die”. The total darkness generated by keys is well stringed along with mournful weeping guitars and slow riffs, which, in my opinion, are missing some loudness as keys swallows and pushes them down, you can check it in the song “Brave Enough” in which the sound of slow, almost droning guitars becomes the secondary element as keys begin around minute 2. Very good song though. Drums are computer-generated and make me think about Lord Grief once again. They are slow and simple, just in the way they have to be in funeral doom metal. Contrasting with keys and ambient elements, vocals are hellish, they are very deep growls. In fact, the album opens with a brutal guttural growl. Nevertheless, vocals also include outstanding whispers, and spoken words as well as an interesting female vocals session in the song “My Lands”.
Depressive Mode brings a true journey through the most damaged feelings one can have. Listening to this album will just paint you a soundscape of loss and loneliness. The minimalistic structure of this music brings the feeling of misery needed in this soundscape. Depressive Mode ends their self-description saying: “…So we hail all people who can feel the same way as us and who can open his/her heart to the touch of magic language of music on this short and pointless life...” I join them in this journey through this short and pointless life indeed. An album recommended for fans of funeral/ambient bands like Krief de Soli, The Liquescent Horror, Hymn of Lament, Fungoid Stream and, of course, Until Death Overtakes Me, among others.