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Thoreous : Modern Prays from the Olden Babylon

Thoreous used to play a kind of "Torture Doom Metal" which hovered somewhere inbetween Drone, Funeral and Industrial Doom. In 'Modern Prays from the Olden babylon' they've left the Metal part out. These three tracks can only be claimed to lie somewhere inbetween Dark Ambient, Industrial and Drone. The Drone elments do indeed remind one of Doom elements, in particular if you count The Fall of the Grey-Winged One as a Doom Metal project. Those elements are usually far too faint to be heard on casual listening volume, much less dominate the music. The atmosphere is haunted and disturbed - like the lonely mind of a person too insane to percieve the outside world, but who instead lives only on the faint whispers of memories that pass by the consciousness. They achieve this by lots and lots of ambience, echoing on almost all instruments, irregular rhythm and coherence amongst the instruments, and the faint, distorted, wailing vocals which truly sounds like the man is in pain.

Having previously been a Doom Metal band, I find it fit to compare 'Modern Prays from the Olden Babylon' to other similarly tortured Doom bands: Wormphlegm, Senthil, The Wraith of the Ropes and Stabat Mater. But Thoreous has taken a turn here which perhaps makes them most comparable to hideous Dark Ambient/Industrial bands? Such as Halo Manash, Aeogha and Skin Area to mention a few amongst my limited knowledge. At least they show that when it comes to creating a really unsettling feeling, they can excell within this genre too.

If you need a fitting soundtrack for those moments when you curl up into a ball and hide under the table, that this is it. However, if you're only looking for "real" Doom Metal and consider riffs as a minimum, then this isn't for you.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Subhuman Strategy
2. 85-487
3. Necropolis Manifestation

Duration : Approx. 23 minutes.

Visit the Thoreous bandpage.

Reviewed on 12-10-2008 by Arnstein Petersen
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