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Doomenicus : Promo 2007

After releasing their first demo in 2001, Doomenicus went through some problems with their lineup. Thus it would take six years before they released anything new, but here it is. It's not long, but definately quite promising.

The letter I recieved with the promo describes the band as "similar to that of bands such as Saint Vitus, Candlemass, without forgetting the great teachings of Paul Chain and "The Black" [reviewer: they mean Black Sabbath]." This description is just about perfect. It's slow, heavy, and while quite epic, definately oldschool. One note worth adding is on vocalist Doomenicus (Domenico Caruso). While having strong vocals with a lot of feeling is a big boon for the band and its strongest asset, the vocals are unusual. The vocals often have a slight wailing or will twist out of key as if done by someone on the verge of loosing their sanity. Interestingly, this doesn't mean that the vocals become weird or unsettling. Doomenicus manages to controll the vocals perfectly, allowing for the hints of madness and pain to shine through without actually dominating anything. It's peculiar how an attention to detail often makes great artists.

'Promo 2007' is a piece of bleakened nostalgia that carries a much valued torch with it. I have no doubt that many oldschool traditional/epic doom fans will enjoy this greatly, especially those who prefer Saint Vitus and Candlemass. For those who thought this promo would be really rare, I'm afraid I have to dissapoint. 'Promo 2007' is readily available from a distributor called Apulian Destruction for a mere 3€.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Cold Embrace
2. Mercy and forgiveness
3. She haunts you

Duration : Approx. 18 minutes

Visit the Doomenicus bandpage.

Reviewed on 22-02-2009 by Arnstein Petersen
Hate Your Guts Records
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