Oktor - Another Dimension Of Pain (CD)

death doom metal, Solitude Productions, Solitude Productions
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The Polish doom death metal band Oktor is finally ready to present a full-length album after the years of artistic activity, several successful mini albums, compilations and participation in A Tribute to Skepticism! The long tracks alternate with exquisite piano preludes, as if inspired by Frederic Chopin, demonstrate the diversity of ideas: classical dense riffs and low-tempo interludes, a variety of vocals (from clean to growl), alterations of mood and rhythm ... Clean sound of all instruments underlines the high quality of musicians many-years-long searching for their own style.

Tracklist:
1 Another 2:10
2 Conscious Somatoform Paradise 12:38
3 Dimension 1:20
4 Mental Paralysis 17:24
5 Of 0:56
6 Hemiparesis Of The Soul 13:44
7 Pain 1:33
8 Undone 4:45

Artist:
Oktor
Artist Country:
Poland
Album Year:
2014
Title:
Another Dimension Of Pain
Style:
death doom metal
Format:
CD
Type:
CD Album
Package:
Jewel Case
Label:
Solitude Productions
Cat No:
SP. 096-14
Release Year:
2014
Country Of Manufacture:
Russia
Review
Friedhof Magazine
7.25/10
03.05.2015

Con un esmerado trabajo en las ilustraciones y el diseño interior del libreto de Przemyslaw Galert se presenta un disco donde las colaboraciones son muchas. Tenemos a Jacek Rajkow al piano en “Another”, “Dimension”, “Of” y “Pain”. Y luego los vocalistas Kuba Grobelny (Eternal Tear y Swallowtail) en “Conscious Somatoform Paradise”; Matti Tilaeus (Skepticism) en “Mental Paralysis” y Kacper Gugala (Thesis) en “Undone”.

Y como has podido comprobar hay un tema para cada palabra del título del disco, que no son ni más ni menos que piezas instrumentales de piano que sirven para separar unos temas larguísimos que arrancan con “Conscious Somatoform Paradise”, de riff tan oscuro como siniestro. Un tema depresivo a medio tiempo entre el Death y el Doom con partes ambientales donde solo mandan los arpegios y algunas voces narrando un texto.

La cuarta “Mental Paralysis” comienza con arreglos de cuerda, es muy melancólica, muy tranquila, hasta que va progresando en endurecimiento y las voces se vuelven cada vez más guturales. De nuevo los colchones de teclados son importantes en un tema donde lo épico y lo fúnebre caminan de la mano. Y es que esa mezcla de melodías melancólicas, voces limpias y guturales, colchones de teclados es la base del sonido de la sexta “Hemiparesis of the Soul”, que en su inicio me ha recordado mucho a los Katatonia de aquel “The Great Cold Distance”, pero que luego tira del Death / Doom de influencias básicas de los primeros Paradise Lost, Anathema o My Dying Bride. Como anécdota, en este tema incluyen un texto en polaco.

Otro tema más instrumental para dejarnos con la final “Undone”, que continua con el solo de piano y al que añaden voces claras, dejando una acarameladas balada de cuatro minutitos… no sé, el resultado final es un disco extraño, pues las pistas instrumentales rompen un poco el ritmo, pero también te enganchan. Yo me quedo con que le voy a dar varias pasadas más, además de que está muy bien grabado y mezclado en dos estudios diferentes de Polonia.

Desde luego lo que no le puedes achacar a los cincuenta y cuatro minutos que dura “Another Dimension Of Pain” es su linealidad, sin duda es una propuesta que, sin inventar o retorcer un sonido nuevo, le dan cierta innovación y logran unas composiciones atrayentes en lo que representa nada menos que su debut después de haber editado algún EP.

Author: Arcadio R.
Review
Metal.de
4/10
30.04.2015

Die Funeral Doom-Spezialisten von Solitude Productions haben mal wieder zugeschlagen – diesmal werden die Polen OKTOR ins Rennen um die Gunst der Hörerschaft geschickt. Wie der Titel des Albums - "Another Dimension Of Pain" - schon erahnen lässt geht es bei OKTOR nicht gerade fröhlich zu.

Genregemäß dominieren tiefe, schleppende Gitarren in Verbindung mit leichteren Melodien und einer tiefen Gesangsstimme das Geschehen. Doch obwohl Funeral Doom-Veteran Matti Tilaeus (SKEPTICISM) bei dem Titel "Mental Paralysis" seine Stimme beisteuert – wirklich ausgereift und technisch hochwertig wirkt "Another Dimension Of Pain" jenseits dieses Gastspiels nicht. So geht die weitere gesangliche Leistung in den tieferen Gefilden zwar in Ordnung, phasenweise eingesetzter Klargesang jedoch wirkt eher dünn – und eingesprochene Passagen klingen schlicht roboterhaft und deplaziert. Die eingesetzten (Piano-) Zwischenspiele geraten zudem wenig mitreißend und klingen wie auf einem nicht allzu hochwertigen Heimkeyboard eingespielt, was zu einem deutlichen Aufmerksamkeitsabfall zwischen den drei überlangen Haupttiteln "Hemiparesis Of The Soul", "Mental Paralysis" und "Concious Somatoform Paradise" führt: Ein absoluter Stimmungskiller für ein Album, das genretypisch auf atmosphärische Dichte und düstere, musikalische Abgründe setzt. Zusammengenommen verstärkt dies den Eindruck, dass OKTOR zwar ein ordentliches Bild von dem haben, was "Another Dimension Of Pain" transportieren soll – dies jedoch vernünftig umzusetzen einfach nicht gelingen mag. Es ist zwar grundsätzlich nicht alles schlecht: Was OKTOR durchaus positiv anzurechnen ist, sind wiederkehrende stilistische Ausbruchsversuche und die Tatsache, dass man sich nicht allein auf die Wirkung schleppender Düsternis des reinen Funeral Doom verlässt. Aber diese Ansätze, die an MY DYING BRIDE oder die Death Doomer SATURNUS erinnern, gibt es insgesamt viel zu selten zu finden - und dann auch zu kalkuliert, zu leidenschaftslos eingesetzt.

"Another Dimension Of Pain" von OKTOR lässt somit zwar Ambitionen hinsichtlich Stimmungsaufbau und dichter Atmosphäre erkennen – erreicht jedoch viel zu selten die selbst gesetzten Ziele.

Author: Sven Lattemann
Review
Femforgacs
6.8/10
15.04.2015

Több mint egy évtizede létezik már lengyelföldön az Oktor nevű formáció, több zenekarban megfordult, tapasztalt zenészekkel, de pár válogatáson és egy EP-n kívül eddig még nem tettek le semmit az asztalra. Most azonban a Solitude támogatásával elérkezettnek látták az időt, hogy megmutassák, mivel ütik agyon az időt a közeli temető melletti, tojástartóval kibélelt, garázsból próbateremmé avanzsált kis világukban. Legalábbis így tudom elképzelni az Oktor legénységét, vastagon meghintve a mindennapok gondjaival és finom szemcsés penészrétegével, aminek minden spóráját próbálják átültetni zenéjükbe. A választott stílus a funeral/death doom érdekes keveréke, hol pokoli lassú tempókkal, hol heavy/doomos zakatolással, kevéske tiszta, de annál szebb énekkel. A zenéhez nagyon jól választották meg az egyszerű, de annál jobban passzoló borítót, ahol a fejét fogó ember koponyájából előtörő tüskék egy emésztő, kaparászó fájdalmat mutatnak be nekünk, valami morbid szépséggel és elégedettséggel társulva, amit egy nehéz, de jól végzett munka után érezhetünk. Az Another Dimension Of Pain összesen nyolc dalban vezet végig minket az Oktor porlepte hétköznapjain, amiből több egyszerű, alig fél perces, Chopin ihletettségű zongorajáték, melyek címeit összerakva a lemez címét kapjuk meg. A tényleges dalok változatos hosszúságokkal rendelkeznek, van itt alig négy perces szösszenet de akad 17 perces kínszenvedés is, amit kevésbé tudtak tartalommal kitölteni a rövidebb dalokhoz képest. A zenekar mozgatórugója egyébként egy testvérpár, akik nevének kiejtése csak a magamfajta suta magyaroknak nehézkes, így maradok a legegyszerűbbnél, hívjuk őket Rajkow testvéreknek. Ők felelnek a hörgésekért, ordításokért, ami elég jól megy nekik, még Skepticism tribute lemezen is előfordultak morgásaik, a tiszta énekért pedig Piotr Kucharek került melléjük egy rég elfeledett és eltűnt death/doom bandából, az Eternal Tearből.

Tehát debütálásról van szó, bő 54 percben, az egyik legkönnyebben unalomba fullasztható stílusban, amihez ugyan pár ismerősöm szerint minimális tudás kell, véleményem szerint pedig a részletek és a hangulat legaprólékosabb, legbelsőségesebb kidolgozása és működtetése. Ez az Oktornak részben sikerül csak, a zongorás betétek ugyan elsőre jól hangzottak, de másodjára csak megtörték az amúgy sem nagy lávafolyamot, amivel próbáltak legyűrni, de így könnyű volt állni a rohamokat. A leghosszabb, 17 perces Mental Paralysis maga a megtestesült időhúzás, egyedül a nyitány és a lemez második fele tud létjogosultságot adni a produkciónak. Az is sokat mondó, hogy a záró, alig négy perces, zongorás, éneklős Undone és a másodikként felcsendüló Conscious Somatoform Paradise voltak azok, amiknek tapinthatóvá dagadt az újrahallgatási értéke, azon kívül csak a stílus kedvelőinek tudom javasolni az Oktor megismerését időtöltés gyanánt.

Tehát nem egy death/doom doktor ez az Oktor,
talán újabb évtized múlva eljön nekik egy jobb kor.
Ha a lemezen érdekesebb zene szólna,
az írásom is tovább tartott volna...

Author: boymester
Review
Forgotten Path
5/10

Debut album of some Polish Doom Metal band. The project was created back in 2003, however during these twelve years they have released just an EP, a split album, a compilation and this particular work. The band has a bit longer history - in 1996 there was a formation called Leon (I’m not sure whether this means “lion” or this name bears sentiments to someone in the band), yet the project didn’t work out as expected and renamed to April Ethereal. Oktor came into existence as a side-project of the band’s members, brothers Jan and Jerzy Rajkow-Krzywickies. Various sites mention that one of their songs was added to a few Metal compilations and “Entering Levitation” - a tribute album, dedicated to Skepticism.
What about the music itself? Well, I can stand it - slow Doom, as it should be, atmospheric, three variants of vocals, multilingual lyrics (guess the languages), long compositions, I’d even call them prolonged; however they are not grim. Not grim and that’s it. In my opinion, Doom Metal should be grim, and here all I hear is some passing clouds - the band (or label) mentions of being influenced by Chopin, the whole sound of instruments and variations in mood. They don’t change a lot. Mostly sleepy, I guess due to piano expanding on it. I wouldn’t say that it’s very funny to listen to that growl, it’s not Nargaroth’s “Jahreszeiten”, but in general the music swings between boredom, dreams and aesthetics of Atmospheric Rock... Clean Polish vocal leaves quite a different impression - it’s somewhat distasteful and becomes annoying after a while.
I wouldn’t say it’s a fruit of twelve years work - if so, it’s mediocre at best. It isn’t very energetic or original as well. While the quality is sub-par, it’s not that bad as a side-project - why shouldn’t someone play like this for their own pleasure? Though for distribution it should have matured a bit more.

Author: Bloodie
Review
Funeral Wedding
4/5

Lançado no dia 15 de dezembro do ano passado este novo álbum dos poloneses do Oktor, vêm para nos dar uma nova dimensão de seu trabalho.

É bem verdade que o meu caso com ele é de amor e ódio, pois após ter ouvido a compilação “All Gone in Moments” lançado em 2007, e que em partes me desagradou.

Mas deixando de lado esse meu lado rabugento e se concentrando no que esse álbum traz em seu conteúdo, são excelentes melodias funerais e vocais extremamente cavernosos. Este play se divide em 4 sons e 4 interlúdios que formam o nome do álbum “Another”, “Dimension”, “Of”, “Pain”.

Posso citar 2 grandes momentos deste play que é a primeira faixa após o interlúdio de abertura, “Conscious Somatoform Paradise”.

Outro destaque deste álbum fica para a maravilhosa “Mental Paralysis”, desde o seu início atmosférico, as guitarras pesadas, o andamento fúnebre e os impecáveis vocais de Matti Tilaeus (Skepticism) que faz uma participação pra lá de especial.

Um dos poucos pontos “negativos” se for para citarmos são alguns poucos vocais limpos, que de uma certa forma soaram estranhos, não me representaram algo sofrido ou triste. Mas há outros por exemplo em “Hemiparesis Of The Soul” que ficaram muito bons, tanto aquela parte caótica quanto nas passagens cantados em sua língua natal.
Review
Metalhead.it
7.5/10
20.03.2015

Primo full length per gli Oktor, band Polacca attiva da una decina d’anni , con all’attivo un EP auto intitolato, oltre a sporadiche partecipazioni a compilation e split. La loro proposta è un funeral doom molto tetro e opprimente, che evoca sentimenti come disperazione, tristezza, dolore, enfatizzati da sporadici passaggi pianistici che fanno talvolta da interludio, altre volte, invece sono all’interno dei brani conferendo al tutto un’atmosfera ancor più oscura. L’album parte, per l’appunto con “Another”, intro pianistica di stampo classico, alla Chopin. “Conscious Somatoform Paradise” è caratterizzata da ritmiche lentissime e tristi, in cui fanno capolino parti acustiche, voci recitate e malinconiche, ruggiti in growling e inserti pianistici. Dopo il breve interludio “Dimensions”, è la volta di “Mental Paralysis”, aperta da un arpeggio di basso e voce pulita malinconica ed evocativa, accompagnata dal suono di violoncelli, che vengono interrotti da un growling rabbioso che si staglia sopra una ritmican lenta alla My Dying Bride. “Of” è un altro brevissimo interludio pianistico, che apre la strada per “Hemiparesis Of The Soul”, brano cantato parzialmente in Polacco, con una buona alternanza tra vocals pulite e altre tipicamente death metal. Nuovamente un interludio di piano intitolato ”Pain”, che precede la conclusiva “Undone”, triste ballata per piano e voce che coniuga malinconia e delicatezza. Le atmosfere create da questo album sono davvero tristi e cupe, ma l’ascolto è godibile, grazie ad uno spiccato gusto melodico e la componente più aggressiva che fa di tanto in tanto la sua comparsa in maniera discreta e ben bilanciata.

Author: Matteo Piotto
Review
Evilized

In der ersten Dekade ihrer Karriere veröffentlichten OKTOR gerade einmal vier Songs, die zum Teil sogar auf mehreren Tonträgern zu finden waren. Trotz der rund einstündigen Laufzeit der Tracks, muss dies doch als ziemlich magere Ausbeute bezeichnet werden, die nicht unbedingt von einer herausragenden Produktivität oder Kreativität der polnischen Truppe zeugt. Es scheint sich nun aber eine Wende in der Arbeitsmoral des Trios aus Warschau anzukündigen, stellte die Kapelle doch mit “ANOTHER DIMENSION OF PAIN“ jüngst ihren ersten Langspieler vor.


Im Zentrum der Platte stehen mit “Another“, “Dimension“, “Of“ sowie “Pain“ vier instrumental gehaltene Pianoarrangements

Auf diesem versuchen OKTOR ihren düsteren Funeral Doom Metal mit Elementen der Klassik zu vermengen, was ihnen jedoch leider nicht so ganz gelingen will. Im Zentrum der Platte stehen mit “Another“, “Dimension“, “Of“ sowie “Pain“ vier instrumental gehaltene Pianoarrangements, die allerdings nicht wirklich an das Schaffen von Frédéric Chopin erinnern, wie von Solitude Productions angepriesen, sondern vielmehr abgehackt und disharmonisch wirken, sodass eine stimmungsvolle Auflockerung zwischen den übrigen Tracks ausbleibt. Somit scheitert gleich die erste gute Idee der Polen an einer völlig dilettantischen Umsetzung. Immerhin bleiben OKTOR auf ihrem Werk noch vier weitere Songs, um diese erste Enttäuschung wieder gut zu machen und tatsächlich kann “Conscious Somatoform Paradise“ in seiner ersten Hälfte mit einer gelungenen Saiternarbeit samt eingängigen Leads sowie zarten Akustikgitarren überzeugen. Im weiteren Verlauf des nahezu 13-minütigen Kolosses wird der zuvor druckvolle Sound mit seinen dunklen Growls von leicht kitschigen Passagen mit ebenso leidendem wie unpassendem Klargesang abgewechselt und verliert auf diese Weise ein wenig an Biss, wenngleich sich der Track zum Ende hin wieder fängt und an die anfängliche Härte anknüpft. Einem ähnlichen Schema fallen auch die beiden nachfolgenden Titel “Mental Paralysis“ und “Hemiparesis Of The Soul“ zum Opfer, die sich zwar hauptsächlich zäher Riffs bedienen und mit Hilfe dieser eine finstere Stimmung heraufbeschwören, jedoch beständig von den weichgespülten Vocals von Piotr Kucharek durchzogen werden, die “ANOTHER DIMENSION OF PAIN“ zwar in gewisser Weise abwechslungsreich halten und dennoch nicht so recht zum düsteren Charakter des Materials passen wollen. Zum Abschluss des Albums werden in “Undone“ ausschließlich ruhige Töne angeschlagen, entpuppt sich der Song doch als kurze Klavierkomposition, die von fast schon geflüstertem Gesang untermalt wird. Ein an sich schöner Ausklang, der im weiteren Kontext von “ANOTHER DIMENSION OF PAIN“ allerdings ebenfalls ein wenig Fehl am Platz wirkt.

Es ist nicht leicht, ein eindeutiges Urteil zu sprechen, finden sich auf “ANOTHER DIMENSION OF PAIN“ zweifelsohne viele gute Ansätze und dennoch ist die Platte streckenweise zu durchwachsen, als dass sie in ihrer Gesamtheit überzeugen könnte. Dies wertet selbst der Gastbeitrag von Matti Tilaeus (SKEPTICISM) in “Mental Paralysis“ nicht auf.

Author: Urkraft
Review
Chronicles of Chaos
3/10
02.05.2015

The visual art adorning this album is pretty intense and unique. It portrays the human flesh being pierced by some jagged wooden branches; torsos, heads, hands, backs, legs, mouths -- all being pierced by those agonizing wood-like growths; this art is one of the most accomplished works out there that so exquisitely, elegantly and precisely depicts, by mere graphic means, the essence of sorrow and pain, both mental and physical. So just by looking at this fine art, an eerie feeling of gratitude is registered, for the fact the Universe has put the listener on -this- side of pain, and not on the other, preventing him/her from becoming one of those poor, poor creatures who wallow in never ending agony, like those depicted on this album's gorgeous cover and booklet. The art may not be the most intricate or visually attractive, but it emanates the 'feel' of an enormous pain in such a strong way, rarely will you find such an embodiment of suffering in other graphic artworks.
_Another Dimension of Pain_ is, however, much less impressive musically than the visual artwork. These Polish dudes, despite having existed since 2003, have written and recorded pretty amateurish and dull an album, comprised of half-realized ideas, half-baked song writing, amateurish piano instrumental pieces and an evident scarcity of ideas.

Oktor try, on their debut full-length album, to tread less traveled roads in the realm of doom metal; in that sense they succeed in providing the listener with a very eclectic recording showcasing numerous aesthetics, among which are neoclassical, doom/death, a touch of funeral doom, some progressive metal aspirations and gothica. The weapons of choice are multiple and varied and the songs are quite eventful and busy, ranging from the avantgarde to the spoken word, to the melancholic clean singing, to death growls and beyond. Unfortunately, the elements barely stick well together, if at all; and none of the songs, passages, riffs, singing or growling lines genuinely depicts the essence of pain and sorrow. None.

Despite belonging to the doom metal niche, this album is dragging; going where? actually nowhere. The music seems like drifting aimlessly, caught up in its own perpetual daydreaming, with barely any dynamic qualities to push those lifeless and boring songs forward to some sort of conclusion. Oktor are unfortunately not so good at writing songs, let alone engaging ones, and thus this album rapidly establishes a relationship of utter alienation between its contents and the listener. With total alienation comes apathy, and there's nothing worse for a musical piece, than to strike apathy in the hearts of its audience; nothing can be worse for a musician than to cause the listener to actually go indifferent and numb towards one's musical piece. Think of the insult, wasting so much time and passion to create something and then getting a cold shoulder from the audience of that very niche of music said creation was meant to entertain in the first place.

We rarely use the word 'boring' in the context of doom metal, because let's face it: doom metal isn't for everyone, and it can be indeed somewhat uneventful for those who are uninitiated with the style; but those who love doom metal, always take into consideration this type of music requires patience and endurance. But man, this album is indeed fucking boring. The doom/death riffs are all cliché-ridden and the melodic parts, especially where the vocalist presents his soft vocal performance (think of a third-tier latter-day Katatonia ballad with no sense of melody), are extremely dull and uninspired, to say the least. The only lifeline saving this album from being a complete disaster is found in those scarce moments within the longer tracks (there are three of those in total) where everything seems to fall into place and the compositions seem to work for a short while; but where's the pain? where's the gloom? where are the emotions hiding? Not here, not on this recording.

_Another Dimension of Pain_ is a strange album with an odd structure; but strange is good in our book. We only wish this album's musical content was on par with its weirdness. _Another Dimension of Pain_ is painless, sterile and boring, and thus, doesn't make us want to revisit it any time soon, if ever.

Author: Chaim Drishner
Review
Lords of Metal
7.6/10

Na elf jaar al actief geweest te zijn en waar men in die tijd één EP, één split en één compilatie uitgebracht heeft, komt het Pools Oktor nu met hun debuutplaat op de proppen. Openingsnummer ‘Another’ is een pianostukje van twee minuten en zet al een beetje de sfeer. Het navolgende ‘Conscious Somatoform Paradise’ geeft perfect aan waar de band voor staat. Funeral doom waar de nodige death doom in verwerkt zit. Op zich niet vreemd gezien het feit dat men bij het Russische Solitude Productions onder contract staat. Een mooi opgebouwd nummer waar men van ingetogen naar ruig gaat, maar wel op een dusdanige manier wat we al vele malen eerder gehoord hebben. Prima uitgevoerd maar gespeend van enige vorm van originaliteit. Precies het probleem waar het wereldje waarin dit soort bands verkeerd aan lijdt. Voor u tien anderen. Ondanks dat grote minpunt blijft ‘Another Dimension Of Pain’ me boeien. Dat komt vooral door het niveau van de band.

Author: Marcel H.
Review
Ave Noctum
7.5/10
01.03.2015

Poland, musically a land of extremity, be it ‘Hate’ filled, church burning black death or absolute unforgiving grinding carnage. When it comes to doom and certainly that which is of the funeral orientated style it probably is not a country you would first think of. Oktor who contain two ex members of the fondly remembered April Ethereal and one of Eternal Tear are here to prove an exception to that rule with their debut album via Solitude Productions. It looks like the act have been around for a decade before leading up to this but they have released an EP, a split with our own The River and Quercus as well as a compilation prior to this.

We are led in by some classical Chopin inspired mellow piano in the form of intro piece ‘Another’ and indeed the band use this trick to prelude most of their songs here. From there the full heavy weight proves a complete contrast as ‘Conscious Somatoform Paradise’ one of three hefty and epic pieces comes rumbling in. There’s some interesting almost gothic guitar textures with leaden drum work and then it settles into a slow ponderous groove. When the vocals from Piotr join in as expected they are craggy, weathered and hoary and it’s time to settle down and see where this 12 minute number is going to take us. It’s not all oppressive and there is light as well as shade with some acoustic moments amidst the violence. Spoken word parts add to this along with some clean croons along with a chugging guitar literally biting in over the top. There’s quite a lot to keep you occupied and this is far from one dimensional funeral doom. It is however miserable and deadbeat as the track bruises onwards with some ghostly parts orated through what sounds like an old radio speaker. The bellows that lead the vocals are particularly impressive and it is almost a relief when the track downs tools and allows you to grab a breath on the next piano sonata.

I have to check the sleeve notes on Mental Paralysis as the mellow clean vocals sound a lot like Neige from Alcest although it is not him. More classicism in the form of strings make this a very mellow affair at first and it has you drifting off before everything hones in and gives you a sound wallop waking you up. Nothing is hurried over this 17 minute monster. Apparently the band have appeared on a tribute to Skepticism before and stylistically there is a fair bit of that certainly with the angry vocals and pace. Then again on playing this style don’t all roads eventually lead back to Skepticism? The addition of strings, piano and those clean fragrant vocals do however show that Oktor are not going to play things quite by the book and they certainly have an interesting take on things. Distempered roars and slow pounding beats take up the mainframe ‘Hemiparesis of the Soul’ (it has to be said these track titles are very Esoteric sounding but this release has no Greg Chandler involvement) but there are some breaks with some bass heavy noodling and more clean harmonics taking away partly from the more stifling feel of it all. It’s all jagged riffs and piercing screams that chaotically lead this one to its death knell though no doubt very much in line with themes on the album and artwork. Thankfully you are allowed to unwind a little as last number ‘Undone’ may have had things falling apart but is an absolutely gorgeous way to go out as the band perform a fragile clean and very unexpected ballad. Another great find and solid release from the ever reliable label.

Author: Pete Woods
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