Dark Millennium - Ashore The Celestial Burden



8.1 | 21 votes |
Release date: 1992
Style: Death doom metal, Progressive death metal

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01. Below The Holy Fatherlands
02. Spiritual
03. Black Literature
04. Inside The Sunburnt Thoughts of Frost
05. Father Legatus: Of Symbols, Nature And Birth
06. Beyond The Dragon's Eye
07. Wizardry Assemblage
08. Medina's Spell
09. Disillusion
10. The Atmosphere

Additional info
Doom Death Metal
Germany, 1992
Label : Massacre Records

Line-up :
Vocals :Christian Mertens
Guitars : Hilton Theissen, Michael Burmann
Drums Christoph Hesse
Bass : Klaus Pachura

Guest review by
ylside
Rating:
8.8
Dark Millennium is a German Doom/Death Metal band that was active in the early nineties. They made two demos and two albums. Each release is special and has it's own sound.

"Ashore The Celestial Burden" consists of songs from the demo "Of Sceptre Their Ashes May Be" in addition of some new songs. The whole set may sound bland and too polished (compared to Of Sceptre), however it offers a special ambiance all throughout it. Hilton Theissen and Michael Burmann did some excellent work on songs like "Beyond the Dragon's Eye," "Father Legatus," and "Medina's Spell" which are really unique in the overall doom/death sound, i.e. the songs sound very light, weak and not that heavy, but yet it seems to work, after some time you begin to feel the dark atmosphere of this great overlooked album. The major disappointment in Ashore The Celestial Burden comes from the vocals... oh how it could have been better if they were appropriate Death Metal growls!! Taking in consideration that the lyrics aren't the boring gory kind at all but more about personal/epic and fictional stories, it enhances that feeling that it could be better. The production of this album is debatable too, it isn't that bad but it's nothing mind blowing at all. Clean and distorted guitars could have been better. For most of those who heard Of Sceptre Their Ashes May Be this album will really sound strange compared to Dark Millennium's masterpiece (that demo indeed).

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published 14.10.2006 | Comments (8)

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10.02.2013 - 03:12
Alex F
Slick Dick Rick
Listened to this album for the first time today. I am thoroughly impressed, amazing album.
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09.07.2014 - 09:02
Rating: 9
Vasil de Shumen
tolerant
One of the best German albums of the 90s - originality, beautiful melodies and excellent sound. Surely this is the most neglected doom/death album of all time (along with Immense, Intense, Suspense).
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31.08.2020 - 23:40
Rating: 8
Redel

Wow, what a gem. Hidden under my radar over all the years.
I do see the death doom tag to some extent.
But I definitely miss the progressive death tag here.
I want to go onwards in their discography now but something tells me I better dont go there....

Edit:
Spun this one intensely over the last days.
It is an amazing album. There is so much to dig here.
The degree of progression is incredible.
The album has to be spun throughout, no fillers.
At the same time hard to name highlights. Though my favourite track probably is Beyond the Dragon's Eye.
Some 8.1 over all for me, but with caveat since my ratings are biased downwards when compared to average MS ratings.
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13.09.2021 - 22:09
Rating: 8
Redel

Written by Starvynth on 12.09.2021 at 15:54



So, now when can I expect your comment on this one?
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14.09.2021 - 02:21
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by Redel on 13.09.2021 at 22:09

So, now when can I expect your comment on this one?

I'm sure you wouldn't take never for an answer anyway, amirite?

Well, it's much better than Diana Read Peace, I give you that.
I still think that the vocals are distracting and never really good, but overall acceptable, so that's a big plus. However, at times, and especially on your favorite track (sorry...) Beyond The Dragon's Eye, I find the clean vocals amateurish and quite annoying.
Musically, everything is pretty good overall, but I have the more problems with it the further they move away from death/doom and try to be progressive, for example on Spiritual. Yeah, "try" can be a pretty harsh word, I know. But in my mind's eye I see a drummer who seems to think far too much about every single beat instead of simply hitting it when he feels it. I particularly noticed this on Black Literature.
Unfortunately, the occasionally used oriental melodies do nothing for me. And a more straightforward songwriting would certainly have done some of the songs good in terms of catchiness.

To sum up, it's a bit too experimental and unfocused for my taste, even if it has some really very strong moments, such as Inside The Sunburnt Thoughts Of Frost and the full seven and a half minutes of The Atmosphere. A low 7/10 in my book, maybe even more when I'm in the right mood.
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14.09.2021 - 07:48
Rating: 8
Redel

Written by Starvynth on 14.09.2021 at 02:21

I'm sure you wouldn't take never for an answer anyway, amirite?

Well, it's much better than Diana Read Peace, I give you that.
I still think that the vocals are distracting and never really good, but overall acceptable, so that's a big plus. However, at times, and especially on your favorite track (sorry...) Beyond The Dragon's Eye, I find the clean vocals amateurish and quite annoying.
Musically, everything is pretty good overall, but I have the more problems with it the further they move away from death/doom and try to be progressive, for example on Spiritual. Yeah, "try" can be a pretty harsh word, I know. But in my mind's eye I see a drummer who seems to think far too much about every single beat instead of simply hitting it when he feels it. I particularly noticed this on Black Literature.
Unfortunately, the occasionally used oriental melodies do nothing for me. And a more straightforward songwriting would certainly have done some of the songs good in terms of catchiness.

To sum up, it's a bit too experimental and unfocused for my taste, even if it has some really very strong moments, such as Inside The Sunburnt Thoughts Of Frost and the full seven and a half minutes of The Atmosphere. A low 7/10 in my book, maybe even more when I'm in the right mood.

Great, thanks for your immediate reply.
Wow, what an elaborate response on such short notice, I am impressed.
I hope that wasnt too forced by me now (but never would really have been sad) .
You know that I appreciate your comments, no matter whether they mirror my view or not (though one might have had a different impression on some other threads I know).
Always interesting which negative aspects you identify for yourself and express in a quite precise manner, as I think. Points that often dont occur to me, or dont bother me (as here).
So, keep them coming (please), even if they might be non-favourable and even if I dont explicitly ask for your comments.
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14.09.2021 - 12:49
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by Redel on 14.09.2021 at 07:48

Great, thanks for your immediate reply.
I hope that wasnt too forced by me now (but never would really have been sad) .

It's all good. I'm actually glad that you mentioned them again, I wouldn't have bothered to give them a second chance otherwise. 7/10 means it's good and I didn't expect that, so thanks for the heads up.

But the thing is, you will most probably not see me commenting on bad or mediocre albums that often anymore. That would just piss people off and there's so much great music around, old gems and new discoveries alike, that I have decided to keep most of the moaning and groaning for myself.
Well, unless it's about old faves taking a nosedive along the downward spiral, then I usually still can't hold myself back.
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14.09.2021 - 13:44
Rating: 8
Redel

Written by Starvynth on 14.09.2021 at 12:49

But the thing is, you will most probably not see me commenting on bad or mediocre albums that often anymore. That would just piss people off

Oh, but that should not hold you back.
Instead we all should -- me included -- make more comments on albums we find mediocre or not good imo.
That would balance out the overload of positive comments on many, many albums here.
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Today - 00:10
Starvynth
i c deaf people
Written by Redel on 14.09.2021 at 13:44

Oh, but that should not hold you back.

Deal.

But seriously now, it's just not satisfying to comment on bad, bland and boring music.
Discovering a real gem and sharing your exuberant enthusiasm about it with potentially like-minded folks is much more fun and somehow also more meaningful.
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Today - 09:41
Rating: 8
Redel

Written by Starvynth on Today at 00:10

Deal.

Though I cannot speak for the album.

Written by Starvynth on Today at 00:10

But seriously now, it's just not satisfying to comment on bad, bland and boring music.

Sort of disagree I guess. For me it can be equally satisfying to put a balancing negative comment next to tons of positive ones.
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