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Transiency : Manqualm (EP)

'Manqualm' is an old english word for mortality, destruction or plague. The word transiency literally means "to pass on". The theme within this demo are the plagues of the dark ages, with transiency refering to death. In the lyrics God is accused of not only turning a blind eye to the suffering of the humans. Also, the alchemist - "[the p]hysician, ordered by God" - is there to trick the humans into thinking there is a cure while his methods only spreads the plague. The image painted is indeed a dark and gruesome one.

The music isn't as dark as the lyrics though. It varies between mid and high paced melodic, Doom/Death Metal in the vein of My Dying Bride. There is also some Opeth- and Amorphis-like elements. Finally it's got some vague hints of Heavy Metal, but otherwise the music is more melancholic and mournful than I expected.

Undeniably those who might like this are those who like Death Metal with weeping guitars. However, as most Gentle Exhuming releases, it's printed in a couple of hundred copies at most. Thus it's going to be hard to get hold of when it's sold out. In any case, Transiency is a project started by Frank Wells, but I'd still consider his World Funeral band to be more special.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Manqualm (intro)
2. The Fatal Godsend
3. Circle of the Flagellants
4. Plague Spreaders
5. The Alchemist

Duration : Approx. 21 minutes.

Visit the Transiency bandpage.

Reviewed on 13-06-2009 by Arnstein Petersen
Aesthetic Death
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