The beauty and the delicacy of the harmonies certainly can be described as the strongest point of this album. Some passages are so ostensibly melodic, lucid, outspoken and beautiful, that you will hardly remember that you are listening – technically – to a black metal subgenre. Nonetheless, If I Could Kill Myself is abundant in beautiful passages, and the way the artist unravels its own singular style of music is simply too wonderful to believe.
Although there are some passages in a few songs that are, indeed, more powerful, rapid and aggressive, the strongest element on this album is the effusive, symbolic and astonishing development of a very personal musical identity, which is primarily melancholic, expressively melodic and somberly poetic, with more colorful, abstract and reflexive moments, that seems to be reminiscent of classical music. Creating marvelous melodies with profound and hazardous, but outwardly disdainful feelings of suffering, frailty and desolation, If I Could Kill Myself, despite the fact that the album is a little bit short, certainly has taken DSBM to a more powerful, credible, ascendant, intelligent and abrasive path.
Since DSBM is considered almost a genre of music by its own merits, even by black metal enthusiasts, ballad of the broken is not recommended for everybody, but certainly will be much more appreciated by people who are already familiar with the subgenre. Nonetheless, ballad of the broken is an astonishing and amazingly intense album. Evidently, deserves to find its audience, and the right audience certainly will be exceedingly pleased and satisfied when listening to this marvelous, audacious, original and splendidly wonderful piece of work.