Tuesday, February 25, 2014

The World State/Flier/2014 EP Review


  The  World  State  are  a  band  from  Denmark  that  plays  a  very  symphonic  and  avant  garde  form  of   metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  ep  "Flier".

  The  ep  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  avant  garde  sound  along  with  cellos  and  the  music  also  starts  bringing  in  traces  of  classical  before  adding  in  melodic  female  vocals  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  the  recording  turns  into  a  mixture  of  metal  and  symphonic  music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  On  the  following  tracks  the  band  continues  with  their  mixture  of  avant  garde,  symphonic  and  metal  music  and  on  the  3rd  tracks  blast  beats,  black,  doom  and  death  metal  influences  are  brought  into   the  music  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  With  this  ep  The  World  State  stick  to  mostly  an  avant  garde  and  symphonic  metal  sound  while  also  having  the  heaviness  of  death  and  doom  metal  at  time s and  the  music  is  very  original  and  has  a  sound  of  its  own.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  themes,  while   the production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  ep.

  In  my  opinion  The  World  State  are  a  very  great  sounding  symphonic,  avant  garde  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  ep.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Flier"  and  "Leave".  8  out  of  10.

      

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Burning Monk/Self Titled/2013 CD Review


  Burning  Monk  are  a  band  from  Oakland,  California that  plays  a  mixture  of  stoner,  doom,  hardcore  and  grind  and  this  is  a  review  of their  self  titled  and  self  released  2013  album.

  The  album  starts  out  with  a  very  fast  hardcore/grind  sound  along  with  aggressive  hardcore  punk  style  shouts  and  yells  and  after  awhile  growls  and  blast  beats  are  added  into  the  music  and  they  stick  to  a  faster  direction  for  the  fast  few  tracks  before  adding  in  doom  metal  and  stoner  rock  elements.

  As  the  album  progresses  the  band  sticks  to  mostly  a  faster  direction  while  also  slowing  down  at  times and  the  music  is  a  lot  more  closer  to  hardcore  punk  than  doom  or  stoner  rock  and  at  times  they  also  bring  melody  into  the  music  along  with  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  time  goes  on  by  the  doom metal  parts  really  start  becoming  a  huge  part  of  the  recording.

  With  this  album  Burning  Monk  shows  off  2  different  sides  with  their  music  one  minute  they  are  playing  has  hardcore  punk  with  a  grindcore  edge  and  at  other  time s they  play  some  slow  stoner/doom  metal  that  also  has  a  70's  feeling  to  it  and  the  2  styles  make  the  album  sound  very  interesting.

  Song  lyrics  cover  violent,  hateful  and  everyday  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  dark  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  album.

  In  my  opinion  Burning  Monk  are  a  very  decent  sounding  mixture  of  hardcore  punk,  grind,  stoner  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Fuck  Dump"  "Oblivious"  God  hates  Fred  Phillips"  and  "15  Minutes  Of  Lame".  7/9  out  of  10.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Silent Opera/Reflections/Massacre Records/2014 CD Review

 
   Silent  Opera  are  a  band  from  Germany  that  plays  a  very  melodic,  progressive  and  symphonic  form  of  gothic  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2014  album  "Reflections"  which  was  released  by  Massacre  Records.

  The  album  starts  out  with  sound  effects  before  adding  in  symphonic  keyboards  which  also  leads  up  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  bringing  in  melodic  guitar  leads  and  violins  and  after  the  intro  the  music  goes  into  a  symphonic  metal  direction  along  with  prog  elements  and  melodic  female  vocals  and  death  metal  growls  and  black  metal  screams.

  When  the  album  goes  into  other  songs  the  band  continue  their  symphonic  and  gothic  approach  to  progressive  metal  while  also  having  some  of  the  heaviness  of  black,  death  and  doom  metal  as well  as  mixture  of  clean  and  heavy  parts  and  at  time s they  also  bring  in  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  on  some  of  the  tracks  they  bring  in  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  and  after  awhile  they  bring  in  a  couple  of  depressive  sounding  ballads  as  well  as  bringing  in  some  acoustic  guitars  before  making  a  return  to  a  more  heavier  direction.

  With  this  album  Silent  opera  show  a  great  amount  of  diversity  with  their  music  with  the  way  they  mix  symphonic  and  gothic  music  with  progressive  metal  as  well  as  bringing  in  death  and  black  metal  vocals  to  create  an  album  that  is  very  dark  and  melodic  while  also  being  very  heavy  at  times.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark,  depressive  and  poetic  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  some  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Silent  Opera  are  a  very  great  sounding  melodic  symphonic  progressive  metal  band  with  element s of  black  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band  and  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nightmare  Circus"  "Fight  Or  Drift"  and  "Sailor  Siren  And  bitterness".  8  out  of  10.

Blighter/Self Titled/2011 EP Review


  Blighter  are  a  band  from  Colorado  Springs,  Colorado  that  plays  a  mixture  of  crust,  grind,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of t heir  self  titled  and self  released  2011  ep.

  The  ep  starts  out with  am  radio  sounds  before  going  into  a  slow,  dark  and  heavy  doom  metal  sound  and  a  minute  later  deep  death  metal  growls  are  added  into  the  music  which  also  leads  to  the  music  going  into  a  more  fast  crust/grind  direction  along  with  some  high  pitched  screams  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  After  awhile  the  music  returns  back  to  a  slower  sound  while  also  bringing  in  stoner  style  melodies  and  on  the  last  song  the  music  returns  back  to  a  faster  crust/grind  sound  while  also  mixing  in  the  slow  doom  parts  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  brief  guitar  solos  that  would  fit  in  just  fine  on  an  early  Black  Sabbath  record.

  Blighter  take  the  heaviest  and  darkest  elements  of  stoner,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  mix  it  in  with  the  speed  and  crust  in  certain  sections  and  it  results  in  a  very  dark,  heavy  and  interesting  sounding  recording.

  Song  lyrics cover  dark  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  for  being  a  self  released  recording  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  ep.

  In  my  opinion  Blighter  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  stoner,  doom  metal,  crust  and  grind  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACK  "Wolv".  8  out  of  10.  


Scepter Of Eligos/Self Titled/2013 EP Review


  Scepter  Of  Eligos  are  a  band  from  Denver,  Colorado that  plays  a  mixture  of  doom,  sludge  and  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  and  self  titled  2013  ep.

  The  ep  starts  out  with  a  very  dark  and  heavy  sound  before  speeding  up  a  bit  and  bringing  in  crust  influenced  death  growls  and  screams  and  after  awhile  the  music  starts  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  d  beats  before  finally  heading  into  a  doom  metal  direction.
 
  As  the  recording  progresses  the  bass  playing  starts  to  get  a  lot  more  stronger  and  stoner  and  sludge  elements  become  a  part  of  the  music  along  with  some  dark  sounding  melodies  and  after  awhile  a  brief  use  of  clean  playing  is  brought  into  the  music  before  returning  to  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  adding  a  melodic  yet  rough  edge  to  the  vocals  and  not  too  long  after  that  70's  style  guitar  leads  and  psychedelic  sounds  are  brought  into  the  ep  and  the  last  song  goes into  a  more  old  school  death  metal  direction along  with  a  small  amount  of  blast  beats  while  also  having  its  moments  of  doom  as  wel  as  bringing  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  With  this  ep  Scepter  Of  Eligos  brign  out  the  heaviest  and  darkest  sounds  of  doom  metal  and  sludge  and  mix  it  in  with  the  heaviness  of  death  metal  along  with  a  small  amount  of  crust  and  thrash  influence  to  create  a  very  interesting  ep  and  every  song  has  a  very  different  sound  to  it.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark,  occult  and  pot  smoking  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  dark  and  heavy  sound  for  being  a  self  released  and  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  ep.

  In  my  opinion  Scepter  Of  Eligos  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  doom,  sludge  and  death  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Spiritual  Fallout"  and  "Prayer  For  Destruction".  8  out  of  10.

      

Friday, February 14, 2014

When Icarus Fall/Circles/2014 CD Review


  When  Icarus  falls  are  a  band  from  Switzerland  that  has  been  featured  before  in  this  zine  with  a  musical  style  that  mixes  post  metal,  hardcore,  doom  and  sludge  together  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  self  released  2014  album  "Circles".

  The  album  starts  out  with  a  melodic,  clean  and  atmospheric  sound  and  after  a  couple  of  minutes  aggressive  growls  and  screams  make  their  way  into  the  music  and  the  album  goes  into  a  heavier  direction  as  well  as  bringing  in  distorted  guitar  leads  which  also  leads  to  the  band  mixture  clean  and  heavy  parts  together  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  have  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them.

  As  the  album  goes  into  other  songs  the  band  stick  mostly  to  a  post  metal  sound  while  the  heavier  parts  have  elements  of  hardcore,  doom  metal  and  sludge  as  well  as  having  a  great  amount  of  melody  and  atmosphere  in  their  music  and  they  also  bring  in  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts.

  With  this  album  When  Icarus  Falls  continues  the  sound  of  the  previous  recordings  while  also  utilizing  a  bit  more melody  and  atmosphere  this  time  around  as  well  as  going  into  a  more  melodic  direction.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  and  metaphysical  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording.

  In  my  opinion  this  is  another  great  sounding  recording  from  When  Icarus  Falls  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  post  metal  or  sludge,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Great  North"  and  "Celestial  Bodies".  8  out  of  10.
    

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Maeth/Oceans Into Ashes/Minneconsin/2013 CD Review


  Maeth  are  a  band  from  Minnesota  that  plays  a  mixture  of  sludge,  doom  metal,  psychedelic  and  noise  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Into  Ashes"  which  was  released  by  Minneconsin.

  The  album  starts  out  with  avant  garde  style  noises  and  dark  synths  which  leads  up  to  acoustic  guitars  and  psychedelic  sounds  before  going  pass  the  intro  into  a  heavy  post  sludge  sound  along  with  a  mixture  of  clean  and  heavy  parts  along  with  some  aggressive  vocals  and  melody  and  solos.

  When  the  album  goes  into  the  first  long  song  it  starts  out  with  a  clean  progressive  sound  and  psych  effects  before  going  into  a  more  heavy  and  melodic  direction  as  well  as  bringing  in  traces  of  hardcore  and  noise  which  leads  up  to  aggressive  growls  and  screams  along  with  a  small  amount  of  spoken  word  parts  and  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  as  time  goes  on  by  progressive  rock  influences  are  brought  into  the  music.

  As  the  album  progresses  brief  instrumentals  are  added  before  each  song  with  the  first  being  in  the  folk  music  direction  along  with  tribal  elements  as  well  as  one  of  the  later  ones  using  acoustic  guitars  and  spoken  word  samples,  while  the  regular  song s are  in  the  more  heavy  yet  progressive  and  dark  direction  as  well  as  bringing  in  clean  singing  during  certain  sections  of  the  recording.

  Maeth  bring  out  a  great  amount  of  talent  and  diversity  with  their  music  along  with  a  great  amount  of  heaviness  and  melody  and  while  the  music  is  mostly  in  a  sludge  or  doom  metal  direction  you  can  hear  traces  of  psychedelic,  noise,  progressive  and  post  rock  throughout  this  recording  which  gives  the  album  a  very  original  sounding  edge.  

  Song  lyrics  cover  darkness  and  mysticism  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy,  dark  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  most  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Maeth  are  a  very  great  sounding  mixture  of  psychedelic,  progressive,  sludge  and  doom  metal  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  those  musical  genres,  you  should  check  out  this  band.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "Nomad"  "Wolves"  "Troodon"  and  "Big  Sky".  8  out  of  10. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Violent Asshole Interview

1. Can you give us an introduction to the band for those that will be hearing of you for the first time?

VIOLENT ASSHOLE is an offshoot of FUCK EVERYONE [FxEx], which, ironically, was an offshoot of HYEO, a grindcore band that Rusty Solemina (vocalist of FxEX) myself were in a few years ago. HYEO's [Heisai Yasokawa's Empty Orchestra's] drummer had quit unexpectedly, leaving us with a number of shows that we'd have to answer for in the near future. We didn't have time to find a replacement, and didn't want to cancel on this festival we'd been booked on that was pretty much a week away.

It occurred to me that we had the drum tracks from our demo mixed down and could just dump them onto a cassette, play the cassette through the PA at the festival, then go about business as usual playing the gig. Turns out, once we actually did it, everyone in the audience was on board. People were going nuts as if we had a whole band there, so we thought: What if this was the band? What if we had drum tracks on a cassette and it was just Rusty and me? A cassette would be easier to transport than a computer or drum machine. And who would steal a cassette? Even if they did, we could buy a new one for pennies... I mean, hell, we owned tons of cassettes we could just dub over.

The whole thing made more and more sense. We were so sick of looking for new drummers that the mantra became, “FUCK EVERYONE”, and we chose that as a band name. I switched to bass from guitar because, if you're only going to have one actual live instrument, might as well be something you can use to make a wall of doom, right?

2.How would you describe the musical sound of the new project and also how does it differ from the stuff you did with FUCK EVERYONE?

VIOLENT ASSHOLE has a bit more of a “message” than FUCK EVERYONE, loosely speaking. The songs have more cohesion – that is to say, it's less about writing for the live show and more about writing as a means to tell a story – and I think that I'm considering the album as a whole when I make batches of songs. You might also notice there's a heavier bass sound... more distortion, more feedback, more noise altogether. Detuning, effects pedals, samples in the songs... I'm going a tad further down the experimental road.

3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects you explore with this band?

The concept behind FUCK EVERYONE was pretty much derision. It was about social politics, the art of calling people out on their bullshit. VIOLENT ASSHOLE is no different. “I'll Bury My Fucking Heroes Right Where I Stand” leans towards an overall theme of how we treat people of notoriaty in our society, but does this through vague sentiments of resentment, anger, and name calling. Lyrically, these projects are very base. The idea is to walk far out into the waters of petty, crass, offensive fightin' words.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Violent Asshole'?

I think people who consider themselves of any kind of “class” tend to judge other people that act on their animal instincts. You know, like how if you burp and someone goes, “Really great, man. That's disgusting.” I mean, we all burp, we all get mad, and we all want to choke the dude next to us sometimes. And, sometimes, we do. I've been in fights before and afterwards everyone gives me this huge lecture about how stupid what I did was. Whatever, it happens, that's life. So that's half of why I chose “VIOLENT ASSHOLE.” The other reason is it's a play on words. I'll let you guess the other meaning, but here's a hint: my body does not like most of the things I eat.

5.So far the music has been released on cassette and mp3, do you have any plans to expand to compact disc or vinyl in the future?

Probably not on CD. I've never liked CDs. Most likely yes on vinyl, though not with “I'll Bury My Heroes...”. I'm working on a 7” or a 10” called “Total Dick” that should be out by the end of the year, hopefully.

6.Has this musical project done any live shows or is this strictly a studio project?
I intend for VA to play out, but nothing as of yet.

7.According to the FB page, the band is signed to Ventilation Through A Grating, can you tell us a little bit more about this record label?

I started VTAG when I was about 18 or 19. I wanted a way to release my own records as well as those of my friends. It's sort of a catch-all label for anything I make or produce.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback to the musical project by fans of noise, sludge and grindcore?

This record and variation on the FUCK EVERYONE project is very fresh, so it's tough to say so far. I know that FUCK EVERYONE got a lot of solid attention and HYEO even more so. It seems like people are always willing to give something new and a bit out-of-the-ordinary a chance, and I do think grindcore is universally seen as an area that is receptive to interesting changes.

9.What is going on with the other musical projects these days that the band members are involved with?

Rusty is pretty much just living his personal life, which I think is great. If you can do it, do it. For me, I'm too antsy, so I'm doing VA and another band called Big Dumb Animal which is more like The Jesus Lizard, Swans, and Young Widows.

10.What direction do you see this project music wise heading into on future releases?

VA is going to be more conceptual and broad. I see more noises, samples, and weird changes. I whole-heartedly embrace the liberties of recording for this band – studio magic, if you will – especially because, in using a recorded component live, these little tidbits can easily be reproduced live.

11.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on this band?

I think Brutal Truth, Pig Destroyer, Disrupt, Cattlepress, and Neurosis have been big influences, definitely.

12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

Sure... eat fast, die young, leave a good looking ledger.

Dawn Of Tears Interview


1.Can you give us an update on what has been going on with the band since the recording and release of the new album?

   Unfortuntely we suffered a little setback which forced us to delay the release of the album. It involves people who are not in the band, so i prefer not to give much details, sorry. During that period, we took part in Dark Tranquillity´s tribute album. We recorded "the wonders at your feet" cover, and while, we made a deal with Inverse records, from Finland, for the worldwide release of "Act III...". Finally it came out las October, the 31th, we have made a couple of shows in Belgium and Madrid, now we are preparing the tour.

2.A few months back you released a new album, can you tell us a little bit more about the musical direction it has taken and also how does it differ from your past recordings?

I think that is quite similar to what we have done before, i mean that you can find all the basic elements in Dawn of Tears music and i do honestly think that we have get the perfect mixture between two previous albums. There´s the power, strenght and melody from Descent, and you can also find the great melancholy and gothic sense of Dark chamber litanies. Even though we have incorporated some electronic elements. I think we are close to reach our own recognisable sound, at least, people tell us so.
 
3.Can you tell us a little bit more about the lyrical topics and subjects the new release explores?

Our main influences when we are writing lyrics are literature (we have written songs about Shakespeare´s"Romeo and Juliet", E. A. Poe´s the pit and the pendulum, Luca de Tena´s "the twisted paragraphs of god" or RR Martin´s Game of thrones among others...we are also inspired by films and personal situations of feelings. We always try to provide our texts of a oniric or dramatic feeling.

4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name 'Dawn of tears"?

I think that it expresses the melancholy and gothic deep feeling behind our music. Im sorry to dissapoint you, but it has not a great anecdote behind it. On a very first moment we called the band "Nocturnia", but some months later, we realized that there was another spanish band with the same name, one member of the band suggested Dawn of Tears, there were also other options such as Citizen Cain or Crystal Lake.

5.Out of all of the shows and tours that the band has done so far which one did you enjoy the most?

That is a really hard question...if i had to choose, i think the one with Dimmu Borgir was very exciting, because they´re one of our favourite bands. We also shared stage with Dark Tranquillity and Amon Amarth and it was great! We took a lot of beers with DT guys. They invited us to their dressing room and we had a great time together, we considere them one of our top three role model bands.

6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?

Of course, actually, our manager is working on it. I think we´ll start touring on march...

7.The new album came out on Inverse Records, do you feel this label has done a lot for getting your music heard?

Yes, they are doing a very good job. And they seem to be reliable guys as well...but there´s still a lot to do! We all have  a common purpose and we work together.

8.On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your newer album by fans of extreme metal?

I dont know if it comes from fans of extreme metal, because although we have some extreme elements, i dont consider Dawn of Tears as a extreme metal band  itself. The feedback it´s being amazing, i think that this is the album which is collecting the higher ratings and better reviews of our career, we are really happy.

9.What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

I really dont know, i think that we´ll keep on the same highway, but let´s see what happens. Maybe we´ll turn into a bit more gothic metal band. It does not mean that we´ll slow down, we can incorporate more orchestral arrangements for example...my way of writing music is so espontaneous...maybe we´ll turn more electronic now that we have tried electronic elements. Dont know, stay tuned.

10.What are some bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your newer music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Obviously, our main influences are melodeath and gothic metal, but we like to incorporate other elements far from hard sounds, such as classical variations, orchestral arrangements, even electronic passages.
If i have to mention some bands, i´d probably say that Dark Tranquillity, Blind Guardian, Cradle of Filth or Sentenced are some of our role models.



11.Do you have any non musical interests?

Of course!! I love literature, comic books and collecting horror and science fiction figures and toys. I´m proudly a nerd!!
 
12.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?

I would like to encourage everyone who read this interview to give us a try, specially if you like melodic death metal or gothic metal, well, what the fuck? METAL in general. You can check us out on www.dawnoftears.org and on our facebook page. Hope you like it!!
Thanks a lot!!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Dea Marica/Curse Of The Haunted/Weird Truth Productions/2013 CD Review


  Dea  Marica  are  a  band  from  England  that  plays  an  epic  form  of  doom  metal  with  elements  of  death  metal  and  this  is  a  review  of  their  2013  album  "Curse  of  The  Haunted"  which  was  released  by  Weird  Truth  Productions.

  The  album  starts  out  with  nature  and  church  bell  sounds  before  going  into  a  darker,  heavier  and  melodic  direction  along  with  a  mixture  of  riffs  and  leads  which  leads  up  to  clean  singing  vocals  which  leads  up  to  an  epic  doom  metal  direction  and  after  awhile  death  metal  growls  are  added  onto  the  recording.

  As  the  album  continues  the  band  combine s the  epic  style  doom  sound  of  Candlemass  with  the  more  darker,  doom/death  direction  of  early  My  Dying  Bride  while  also  taking  it  into  a  more  heavier  and  melodic  direction  as  well  as  bringing  in  a  small  amount  of  acoustic  guitars  in  certain  sections  of  the  music  which  also  gives  the  record  a  more  progressive  sounding  feeling  as  well  as  all  of  the  musical  instruments  having  a  very  powerful  sound  to  them  and  on  one  song  a  brief  use  of  spoken  word  parts  are  added  into  the  music.

  With  this  album  Dea  Marcia  bring  back  the  80's   epic  doom  metal  sound  and  combine  it  with  the  early  doom/death  of  their  own  home  country  and  they  create  a  recording  that  is  very  dark,  epic,  atmospheric,  melodic  and  heavy  sounding.

  Song  lyrics  cover  dark  and  depressive  themes,  while  the  production  has  a  very  strong,  powerful,  heavy  and  professional  sound  where  you  can  hear  all  of  the  musical  instruments  that  are  present  on  this  recording  as  well  as  all  of  the  songs  being  very  long  and  epic  in  length.

  In  my  opinion  Dea  Marica  are  a  very  great  sounding  epic  doom/death  metal  band  and  if  you  are  a  fan  of  this  musical  genre,  you  should  check  out  this  album.  RECOMMENDED  TRACKS  INCLUDE  "The  Tower"  "Doom  Bar"  and  "Don't  Pray  For  Them".  8  out  of  10.