The Mist and the Morning Dew
(Vendlus Records) Enslain Magazine Volume 2, Issue 1 The Mist and the Morning Dew's self-titled debut is a five-song repressing of their 2000 promotional demo, released to appease the public as we await their full-length. This Finnish melting pot consists of Finntroll and Shape of Despair members, as well as musicians from other, less known acts. The result is an experience that can easily be imagined by envisioning this group's name. Combining slower metal elements with violins and female vocals, T.M.A.T.M.D. delight the senses with a doomy folk that is more like experiencing a sad rainy day than listening to music.
The note-oriented guitarwork harmonizes and carefully intertwines with the violins to create lovely melodies, which are darkened by the deep and depressive bass. Veera Muhli (formerly of Unholy) adds a delicate touch to the already mind-numbing melodies with her unstrained ethereal voice, a wind-like accompaniment to the mythical forest ambience. You can completely drown out the world while listening to these songs.
The instrumental moments of "Dusk" bring to mind earlier Anathema, while certain folkish elements of the compositions are more similar to some of Battlelore's slower songs, especially because of the vocals. Although the songwriting is excellent, the experience suffers because of the production. Having lost the recording tapes, the songs were unable to be remastered, and their intricate sound gets lost in the muddy production. Still, their playing is tight and after a few listens you can almost appreciate the mood added by the unrefined sound. In the end, this unpolished gem serves as a teaser for the amazing things that are to come, but only serious potential fans need get this limited edition 1000 copy pressing.