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ELIOGABALUS

Devil Doll

 

Heavy Prog

3.79 | 74 ratings

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OpethGuitarist
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3 stars Take a trip through Eastern Europe.

Into the land of the Doctor, where darkness reigns supreme and the very essence of your soul will be tested. Well, not exactly. This album, perhaps more than others, fits quite well as a movie soundtrack and reminds me very much of music made by Ulver and Morte Macabre (Symphonic Holocaust) in that regard. At times the band can show grace and style, and at other times on this album it can be somewhat off putting.

This album is more gothic in nature than other releases and less majestic as might be described in the band's other efforts. I prefer Mr. Doctor to Eliogabalus, which has never really impressed me and is my least favorite of the longer Devil Doll tracks in their discography. There's also some *gasp* post-rock to be found in the track Mr. Doctor about a third of the way through, as the drumming style and interweaving of instruments is somewhat similar to the style found in the post-rock genre. However, the track is not without flaws, as the rock/bass movement about 10 minutes in is nothing short of boring. Fortunately, after this section the rest of the track is stellar.

I wouldn't begin my Devil Doll experience here. It's the weakest effort of the band and not exactly a good way to familiarize yourself with them. Lacks the majesty of the full orchestra as in Dies Irae, and the epic quality of the other albums. Should be picked up last, but certainly not forgotten.

OpethGuitarist | 3/5 |

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