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Vampillia - Rule The World / Deathtiny Land CD (album) cover

RULE THE WORLD / DEATHTINY LAND

Vampillia

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.98 | 4 ratings

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UMUR
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4 stars "Rule The World/Deathtiny Land" is an EP release by Japanese avant garde metal act Vampillia. The album was released in April 2011 by code666.

The band's sound is promoted with a desciption that says "Brutal Orchestra" and while the brutal part is only partially true, the orchestra part of the description is valid enough. There are loads of classical piano and violin parts on the album mixed with death, black, punk and all sorts of other odd styles. The fact that the lyrics tell two different stories at the same time further adds to the avant garde/ adventurous element on the album. It's a rather weird idea and the soundscape can be quite confusing at times with both operatic female vocals, male death grunts and various other extreme vocal styles singing at the same time. If I had to mention a reference it would be Unexpect, but Vampillia are generally much more chaotic and filthy. The filthy elements is in large part due to the organic and at times almost lo-fi sound quality.

While "Rule The World/Deathtiny Land" is only considered an EP there are 24 tracks on this release. All tracks seque into each other to make the whole EP sound more or less like one long track. There are several reoccuring themes that binds the whole experience together though and for such a chaotic/ adventurous release, the EP is actually rather consistent both compositionally and quality wise.

"Rule The World/Deathtiny Land" is an oddball release and I'm sure it's very much an aquired taste. Personally I wasn't completely blown away upon my initial listen, but after several spins I've begun to appreciate the band's vision and I've come to enjoy "Rule The World/Deathtiny Land" quite a lot. A 3.5 - 4 star rating is deserved for this adventurous release.

UMUR | 4/5 |

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