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If A Person Is Ill That Doesn't Mean Beyond Help?
(GS Productions)
127:21min

Compilation albums are always a nice way to discover new bands, be they label comps or “real” samplers with rare or exclusive stuff. And in cases like this, they are even produced to do good things. “If A Person Is Ill That Doesn't Mean Beyond Help?” is a record that should benefit the fight against cancer. Yet, I'm not sure which of the two aforementioned categories belongs to. But I'm pretty sure in my opinion that I haven't heard much compilations that were more boring... This double disc is a challenge that is sometimes hard to bear. The first disc starts with a spoken word intro in Spanish before six bands from all over the world prove that MY DYING BRIDE said anything about desolation and Gothic Doom before. It's only MINIMORUM from Azerbaijan with 'Resign From Life' and French INTO THE STORM with 'No Man's Land' that deliver some a little more interesting interpretations of the genre here. The rest of the disc only deserves silence. The second disc is a little more interesting and varied. It opens up with Russian RED RIVER HOG - a little ALICE IN CHAINS anyone? You'll need it, since IMBARU from Chile and NAGAARUM from Hungary only offer instrumental boredom. It's up to ENDIMION to deliver the first song on this album that raises the speed a little bit. Thus 'Rage' is the first song here that really woke me up. And the Danish project BANNED AID even have a good bunch of Death Metal on 'We Aren't The World', a thrashing tune with Hardcore moments and the voice of Dave Ingram. But let's return to the boring stuff: INADRAN and NEST nearly laid me down to sleep with some instrumental Blackgaze or Folk stuff that can't keep the tension of the genre leaders. And MOURNING SUN from Chile aren't much better, since their song is boring stuff in a THEATRE OF TRAGEDY style, yet spiced with some better and more metallic moments and a singer that reminds of Anneke van Giersbergen. A real surprise on this compilation are MP, a.k.a. METAL PRIESTS. 'Lonelydancer' seems to be a rare song of the old German Metal band, and it reminds of slower ACCEPT. But there is a reason why this one left unreleased for sure. The second disc is nearly finished when NIGHTMARE COUNCIL turn out to be the highlight of the whole two CDs. 'Karma's Manifesto' is a bastard of Death, Black and Progressive Metal that deserves attention and a release of their own. And GODS TOWER from Belarus deliver a pretty interesting performance on the folkish Doom tune 'Liudzi Na Balocie' as well. In the end of the second disc, Bolivian LACHRIMA CORPHUS DISSOLVENS deliver an untitled and very raw live recording that would have fitted on disc one. So, musically there are not that many highlights on “If A Person Is Ill That Doesn't Mean Beyond Help?”. But in case you want to do something good, visit: www.gsp-music.com

Thomas Meyer

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