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Most of you have not yet heard of this French-Canadian epic doom metal band, but if this demo is any indication of their capabilities, you most certainly will, and very soon at that.

There are eight songs on this demo, and not a single one of them can be considered 'average' or a 'space filler'. One of the first things that becomes very apparent, is that vocalist Roby has a really powerful voice. Appropriately, the vocals are clean, and very epic sounding, without reminding one too much of any particular singer, or style. Roby's voice has quite the range, and this adds to the unique quality of Passage's music. At one time, they can be high and soaring. sounding at once impassioned, almost hopeful, and also defiant, and staunch, while at others, they are low, quiet, and reflective. These low vocals at times, do remind me quite a bit of Tiamat's Johan Edlund... this is most evident on the first part of 'The Burden'. Passage also use sparse female vocals. They blend very well with the music... especially on the track 'It's Gone Too Far'.

The guitars are another high point on this disc. Very epic (Somehow, it's difficult to describe the elements of Passage without using this word over, and over again... but that is certainly not a bad thing), and soaring... with wonderful leads, that drift beautifully from one note to the next. It is actually very reminiscent of While Heaven Wept, but unique enough that the word 'clone' cannot be used to describe Passage. Indeed, the band is very gifted when it comes to songwriting. The structure and composition of all eight tracks are woven together like a well crafted tapestry of (yes, I'm going to say it again) epic proportion.

So, what about the bad points? There is only one... this album, like all things in life, eventually ends... but mark my words: Passage is one of the best things to have happened to epic doom in the last few years. Record labels, here is your hint... sign this band right now! For more information, be sure to visit www.le-passage.ca.

[edit by admin.: The website is no longer available, but the bands MySpace page still is.]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Perfect World
2. No Dawn Again
3. A Death In Autumn
4. It's Gone Too Far
5. The Burden
6. Only Pale Souvenirs
7. Last Broken Dream
8. Coma

Duration : Approx. 59 minutes

Visit the Passage bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Matt Zuchowski
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