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Sévèral : Indulgence...

While it's temping to read the band's name in English, it is in reality French, which is the bands mother tongue, and means "rigid" or "hard". The name has a certain 80s thrash metal band sound to it. The black and white pencil drawing of a drawbridge and the shadows of a castle that stretch towards a forest, also reminds me of the tape demos that were common back then. How much does Sévèral have in common with that period?

The answer is: a lot! In particular, the first half of the demo has plenty of 80s garage band thrash metal in it. This, of course, means several up-tempo sections. The rest of the time it is mixed with either dark doom/death or traditional doom that's strongly influenced by Reverend Bizarre. This is the main sound of the band, but they make many detours into darkwave or haunting acoustic sections. The vocal styles also vary widely, from the deep clean vocals on the cover of 'Doomsower' to death metal growls, to the classic raspy vocals from the thrash scene.

The two cover tracks that have been included on the CD are well done. However, since Sévèral draws on so many influences from them, they copy the tracks more than they do it in their own style. In particular, the Reverend Bizarre cover sounds just like the original, but then again they do the track just as good as its creators.

Only 100 copies of this demo have been made, and the band seems content to be this underground for the moment. Hence it might not be easy to get hold of a copy. Additionally, many might find that the music has a combination of musical elements which sound strange to them. However, I still recommend all of those who think the idea of thrash/doom might be a good one, to wait for the next release and check them out then.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Memories...
2. Eluia
3. Under the Mark of Sickness
4. Mystic
5. Final Fight
6. The Outsider
7. ...Past
8. Tabloid (Countripsyde Cover) [bonus track]
9. Doomsower (Reverend Bizarre Cover) [bonus track 2]

Duration : Approx. 45 minutes.

Visit the Sévèral bandpage.

Reviewed on 08-02-2007 by Arnstein Petersen
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