Genre/Influences: Dream-Pop, Cold-Wave.
Format: Digital, CD.
Background/Info: This is the debut album of the Norwegian formation Mirror Of Haze.
Content: The composition is inspired by some 80s influences like Cold-Wave and Dream-Pop. The guitar playing creates this typical mewing and melancholic feeling while the synth parts are adding a melodic touch to the work. One of the most 80s driven songs (cf. “Forgotten Places, Forgotten People”) is featuring female backing vocals.
+ + + : One of the main strengths of this work is the melancholic mood created by the guitar. It has this typical 80s appeal. There’s a perfect balance between guitar and electronics. Some songs like “Forgotten Places, Forgotten People” and “Listen To The Trees” are carried by great choruses characterized by solid melody lines. I also like the artwork of this album.
– – – : I’m not surprised this is a debut album; some of the songs being a bit monotonous.
Conclusion: “The End Is The Beginning” is an honest debut work with neither true highlights nor forgettable songs.
Best songs: “Forgotten Places, Forgotten People”, “Listen To The Trees”, “Merry-Go-Round Spinning”.