|DEMO EP REVIEW|
|This may sound very much like a demo
from an embryonic project but compared to previous Tenebrae
experiences its a huge leap in almost every aspect. With almost no expectations, it
was hugely encouraging that theres an undeniable rake of allure found here which
manages to latch itself to the listener. Whether thats more to do with sadistic
compulsion rather than any musical gratification isnt yet clear and only time tell.
Coming across like a metal mongrel, theres death and thrash, heavy and hard flavours of rock mixed with screaming and shouty, rambunctious and disorderly vocals. Its essentially tightly played heavy metal containing ample aggression but with a morsel of melody.
The opening track A.Q.L introduces you to this style with a deathly snarl. Theres a more laid back, melodramatic and theatrical vibe with Unsane, which False Start also shares but in a far more vivacious and dramatic way with vocals that must be performed by a deranged minstrel. Finally, Wide Open shows an obvious Slayer influence and is ultimately more of a tribute than anything else, including those twiddly eastern/egyptian sounding guitars.
On the whole this demo somehow maintains a very British metal sound and feel about it. With songs of a fairly traditional structure but containing a twist of modern inspiration and with discordant vocals that are often throaty and guttural but occasionally baronesque, the combination has shaped the outcome. Although theres nothing massively original here, it does generate its own feeling of character and results in something that has a strangely individual vibe. A worthy mark of progression.
|Rigsby (1st May, 2002)
Transcripts From The Downtuned
Note: The whole EP is avalable for download (including the artwork) as part of a DIY kit provided on the bands website.