Chris Wood - Vocals
Myke Kurnell - Guitars
Matt Toews - Bass
Jerry Giesbrecht - Drums
"The genre of hard rock music has been developing and transforming for the past 50 years. The Winnipeg based 4-piece Dark Mourning has found a way to take the best of the past and mix it up into a roaring gumbo of sound that is truly all their own.
The band members have been major players in the Canadian metal scene for years. Their experiences in the well-known bands X-Engine-X and Devoid have served them well. Using these influences, DarkMourning has emerged as a new force with their Sludge/Trash/Grunge/Metal sound coining the new genre of ‘Gruntal’.
The main goal of Dark Mourning is to create an impact with their music. The rush of creating something from nothing that can truly resonate with listeners is not taken for granted. The full energy and power of each band member is poured deep into the music especially in the live setting. The crowds seem to explode with excitement and become part of the groove as they feel it deep in their bones.
Everything that Dark Mourning does is to create a memory for the fans and themselves. The blood, sweat, and damage that the band puts in has grown this fanbase rapidly. In 2016, they released a music video for “Devour," their first single. It reached MTV Europe gaining some airplay and a new audience.
The European Conquest Tour followed making stops throughout Germany, Belgium, and The Netherlands spreading the Dark Mourning musical infection to a new group of metal-heads.
Now ready to start total world domination, DarkMourning is finishing the follow-up to their self titled debut and setting their sights on major shows and festivals to catapult the band to the top of the hard rock scene.
Prepare to wake up to a Dark Mourning!"
Dark Mourning is perfect for the adrenaline junkie in all of us. While they may only have 3 songs released for public listening, that is the perfect fix to get you excited about their artistry while leaving you begging for more. While they might draw their inspiration from multiple bands, I can safely say, they do not sound like anyone else.
Devour, hit me straight off with the opening crash hit by the drummer which instantly lead into a pretty wicked guitar riff. I knew that I was about to embark on an intense ride, which it did not disappoint. The vocalist Chris has this very raw and gritty vocal style which is a perfect fit for this style of music and for the lyrics. You can hear the frustration and anger. Overall this song is done in a fantastic fashion. I really enjoyed the range of the guitars and some instances where it sounded like sound effects created by the guitar itself. The way this song plays with pace, range, and variety speaks volumes of their artistic caliber. Each instrument, including vocals, gets their moment to shine. It allows you to experience each band member as an individual and hear their talent, while then bringing it back to the entire band, and you can hear how they suit each other perfectly.
Devour - Dark Mourning
Dark Mourning picks up the intensity with 11 Years, where this song is the perfect release for all the anger you might be feeling in your heart. It makes you want to head bang and slam dance at the same time. Opening with a whisper that is quite sinister, then a guitar keeping a cadence riff which adds more to the dark sound. But they don't end there, it is a perfect play back and forth between the sinister whisper to the raw vocals, of course perfectly showcased with the hard guitar rhythms and intense drum beats. They really have a solid grasp of how quality hard rock music should sound while bringing in the more brutal aspects of Metal, but keeping it where anyone who enjoys rock music, would find this extremely pleasing to listen to. And the guitar solo is just spot on and suits the mood and flow of the song, nicely.
If you are wanting a more mellow, but still intense song then you will get just that with My Shame. Where the focus is more on the vocals but still has a pretty killer guitar solo. Chris does a magnificent job bringing such empathetic lyrics to life, and allowing the listener to feel like they are experiencing this pain alongside the guys in the band. Which allows us all to feel united, even if only for a few moments. No worries for all you guitar solo lovers out there, they do not disappoint once again, with probably the strongest guitar solos out of the 3 songs. Showcasing the musical chops of Myke, creating a heart pounding rhythm while adding his own personal touch of the guitar special effects sounds.
Without a doubt Dark Mourning will leave a lasting legacy on the music scene and their artistry will be enjoyed by future generations. Big things are in the works for the band, so be sure to check out all their social media pages to keep in the loop. And if you would like to hear their music, they have it available on their website as well as Spotify.
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All reviews are written by Italian Metal Queen ( @OceansStorm)