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Tech/Extreme Prog Metal

3.27 | 33 ratings

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Marty McFly
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4 stars Deamh (combination of Doom & Death) Metal of unknown origins. Oh, actually they are from Norway, but anyway, this music they are producing is charmingly interesting for what they are actually doing. Dark side of the Prog we have here guys, even not so hardcore stuff (like these atmospheric Dark Metals where you have to be very patient while waiting for growls and other sounds of jungle).

Check this line in lineup of Borknagar, - Lars Nedland / keyboards, hammond, grand piano, backing vocals, that's quite unusual and therefore even more promising (promise fulfilled, Marty says). There's a lot of melodic parts (or at least harmonic, maybe both) and also chanting. Yes, the same chanting as you can hear on football match. I guess where these guys trained it.

This year seems like inoffensive year, as most of the stuff I've met this year (and it has been a lot of albums so far, I'm trying to catch up with this year and be "in touch" with current Prog as much as possible - I want to enjoy at least one year of doing this). So this year is characterized by diversity. By not just merely depending on one certain genre, but ranging through, in and out (of Extreme Metal in this case), layering and gathering strength, graduating and climaxing. Having acoustic solos, being multi-vocal groups. And this group is perfect example of this "trend". So again today, I'm giving

5(-), because numerous listens proved this record's worth. Correct ? Let's try it. Really, if you hate Death Metal, try to give it a try and see for yourself. It works well even for those who normally doesn't listen to this kind of music. Nice piece of art the cover is by the way.

The album that overcomes boundaries and stubborn limits of Doamh Metal and arriving to a place never (I don't know for sure) discovered before. At this magnitude.

Marty McFly | 4/5 |


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