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Phlebotomized : Immense Intense Suspense

This is the debut full length album of a band from the Netherlands. Apparently, after this album, they only released one more album, called 'Skycontact' and then they broke up.

Originating from the Dutch hardcore scene, this band has thrown out their earlier vocalist, recruited a keyboard player and a violinist, and changed their sound into symphonic doom-death metal.

This seven-piece have the tendency to structure their songs this way: They start off with an acoustic part, often incorporating violin and keys, parts that are comparable with the acoustic parts of Opeth for instance. The doom part starts when the guitars and drums enter, usually starting with a slow guitar riff and scarse drumming. Very often, a truly melancholic touch is added by the violin or keyboards. This builds up gradually into a more up-tempo death-metal part, announcing the end of the song.

The incorporation of violin usually leads to an immediate association with British doomsters My Dying Bride, but I think this link doesn't fit in here. Although the violin serves melancholic purposes, the entirety of the music is not nearly as "hooking" as My Dying Bride's music. The wide range from acoustic to (brutal) death-metal in every single song makes the difference clearer too. So do the occasional screams.

The vocals vary from mostly growled, over some screams, a few clean parts, to some full-band-scanned lines (ever been to a football game? Then you know what I mean :)) showing the band's hardcore roots. Fortunately those last parts are limited to a very few in some of the songs.

Apparently this band has shamefully disappeared from the planet's surface some time ago. This usually means that the albums are hard to find, but it seems that this is not the case yet with this one. Go scourge your local CD shop before your neighbour grabs it in front of your nose! And if you don't like the CD, you can still use it as a glass underlayer.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Immense Intense Suspense
2. Barricade
3. Desecration of Alleged Christian History
4. Dubbed Forswearer
5. In Search of Tranquillity
6. Subtle Disbalanced Liquidity
7. Devoted to God
8. Mellow Are the Reverberations
9. Gone.....

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes.

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Arnstein H. Pettersen
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