Painted Black are a mix of My Dying Bride and Opeth, and it is quite literally a pairing made in heaven (or hell as it were). The music is depressingly gloomy and heavy. The mix of piano led movements which are depressingly haunting and the heaviness of the guitar parts make this a very interesting mix.
The mix of progressive and gothic metal makes this a hauntingly beautiful piece of art which I would love to listen to in a dark room with the curtains pulled and lights off. With lyrics such as Frozen Images, were the only thing I had, to keep me struggling conjure up images of a bleak depressing landscape where you’re sitting in a room with nothing in it but a lonely chair. Cold Comfort is definitely an apt name of this album, it is depressingly sad, but gives a comfort.
The musicianship on this album is without fault and the mix is absolutely perfect which makes this album an absolute definite must have for anyone who is into their prog music and their gothic music.
Overall I cannot find fault with this album, would recommend it to anyone who wants some beautiful gothic music with a hint of prog in their as well. My one warning is just don’t listen to this music when depressed!