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Paramaecium : Within the Ancient Forest

Rumors among doom metal fans have it that this is the "soft" album Paramaecium made. First of all, I would like to stress that this is by no means a soft album. All the elements of their excellent debut album 'Exhumed of the Earth' are still present, including the unrelenting grunts, the heavy guitars and the death metal emphasis.

The main difference with the first album, lays in the more extensive use of atmospheric elements like female (and this time also male) clean vocals and the use of some cello, piano and harpsichord. The lyrics are based on a novel by vocalist Andrew Tompkins and it is an outstanding allegorical story about his own quest for the truth in life.

This is my personal favorite album from this Australian band, because of the perfect balance between the death metal basis and heaviness and the elegant, atmospheric music, the amazing storyline and the beautiful album cover. It's actually unbelievable how much this band seems to be underestimated due to bad distribution and label deals, because they belong to the absolute doom metal top.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. In Exordium
2. Song Of The Ancient
3. I Am Not Alive
4. The Grave, My Soul
5. Gone Is My Former Resolve
6. Of My Darkest Hour
7. Darkness Dies

Duration : Approx. 54 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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