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Oktor : EP

Oktor is a new funeral doom band from Poland. They do, however, bring previous experience to the table, as the bandmembers are also in April Ethereal and Eternal Tear. This two track EP is their first release.

It all begins with an orchestral intro, with the cries of kids heard in the background. This doesn't seem to work too well, though, as the crying kids sound more annoying, than anything else. I'm sure 'mournful' is more what they were going for, so the idea is good... but the execution falls a little short. Once the actual song starts, things being to pick up. Suprisingly, Oktor rely more on dual clean vocals; one spoken in the background (which reminds me greatly of early Anathema), and the other sung, than the deep, and dissonant growl... not something one usually expects from a funeral doom band. Nonetheless, they are very well executed, and add a hint of despair to the music... The only small complaint I have, is the strongly audible english accent. It doesn't take anything away from the music, but it does stick out a little bit... Perhaps, this is why a lot of the lyrics are sung in Polish. Of course, the growls are there as well, and they fit in nicely.

One thing which is very evident through the EP's two tracks, is Oktor's ability to set the mood of each song through the use of ambient sounds, and orchestral backing. Overall, the feeling is that of anguish, and sadness, yet with a glimmer of hope. Odd that, for listening to funeral doom, I should feel hope, but with Oktor's music, I do. I must say, this EP was a plesant surprise, and not at all what I was expecting.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. To Witness the Fall of Values
2. Whisper Winter Into Me

Duration : Approx. 22 minutes

Visit the Oktor bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Matt Zuchowski
Hate Your Guts Records
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