|After the short opening intro ends, and the first track, 'Souls Land' begins, I am reminded very quickly of Avrigus, and Chalice due to the wonderful, ethereal female voice present. Pain of Soul incorporate this very well into their music, and it certainly gives it that extra atmospheric touch.|
Once the male grunts kick in, another comparison immediately springs to mind... namely, the 'beauty and the beast' style of vocal, which was popularized by Theatre of Tragedy, though the male voice is just used occasionally to back the female lead. Of course, Pain of Soul is clearly a doom metal band, and this is made evident by the plodding, chugging rythm guitar, and weeping lead guitar.
The brooding, gloomy atmosphere which the band manage to create is all the more impressive when one realizes that they do it without relying on keyboards (In fact, there are no keyboards present at all on this demo!). It is all done skillfully with guitars (including some sparse acoustics), and the female/male vocals.
The final two tracks, 'Devil Infance' and 'Dementiae' are both live tracks, which also appear on the 'Live in Pain' demo, and seem to be added as just an afterthought to pad the playing time of the album a bit. Of course, extras are always nice, so I probably shouldn't complain... in fact, I won't. Great demo, overall. Highly recommended to fans of atmospheric death/doom.
2. Souls Land
3. Solitude Deep Inside of Me
5. Tear of the Fear
6. Devil Infance
Duration : Approx. 32 minutes
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