MELY - Portrait Of A Porcelain Doll

Mely - Portrait Of A Porcelain Doll

9 songs
41:34 minutes
***** ***


Mely, a quintet that has been founded in the Austrian state Carinthia in 1999, are back with Portrait Of A Porcelain Doll, their second album on a record label after to self-released CDs. The cover artwork of their new record looks very gloomy, and even though their music has its dark moments, they leave behind a much more colourful impression than was to be expected.

The first comparisons that come to my mind are Anathema and Opeth, although Mely are not yet advanced enough to attain the same level. But that’s no reason to underestimate them, as Portrait Of A Porcelain Doll contains enough parts that go deep under your skin with their authentic sound. Their mix of doomy and harder riffs leaves a convincing impression. Pure doom can only be found on one track, namely Grown For Doom which more then lives up to its name. Bricks Against Porcelain Dolls is once again a harder piece where the band shows it groovier and more modern side. The use of acoustic elements that are splendidly integrated into their overall sound bestows their music even more charm. Mely are at their best on their atmospheric material where they remind me of the early Pink Floyd. Maybe Yesterday and My Addiction are therefore two of my personal highlights. Sweet Six Feet comes even in a psychedelic mood, catching me once again by surprise. The vocals are another strength of Mely, as the doomier Black Sabbath styled singing are often switched with parts that draw parallels to Syd Barrett and a couple of grunge bands.

I am not familiar with Mely’s past, but their new album Portrait Of A Porcelain Doll is proof enough that they don’t have to hide behind the more established bands. Mely are one of the few bands that are able to instil new life into the otherwise predominantly melancholic doom metal genre.

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