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Spiritual Dissolvent : Transgressions In Doom

Not many people have probably ever heard of this Dutch Death/Doom act. The band's time on this earth was after all only short and the band never went beyond releasing more then one demo recording. Perhaps the main reason why Spiritual Dissolvent is still known to some now, is because it is the ex-band of Ralph Evers (The Eleventh Room) and Jelle…who performed as guest vocalist on The Eleventh Room's first demo.

If you can still find any descriptions of this band, you might first think of them making music in the vein of My Dying Bride. This because Spiritual Dissolvent is one of those bands who had a permanent violinist and they make use of his talents in every song. However, don't let this kid you into thinking that we are dealing with a MDB. clone here. I myself would much rather describe their sound as similar to that other demo band that never made it to releasing a full album, Forty Days Longing. Just like FDL., Spiritual Dissolvent have a tendency to go full out, full speed and sound like a death-metal band most of the time rather than a Doom-metal act. Hyper fast and aggressive sections (incl. some hyper fast violin action!) are mixed with slow doom sections. The vocals also vary from deep powerful grunts to sad spoken clean vocals.

Overall Spiritual Dissolvent released a really nice demo. Fast up tempo music combined with slow, more mournful (and sometimes melodic) sections keep the entire work interesting until the end. The violin is also used to maximum effect and it is clear that the band intended it to be used as more than just a novelty. Although it does sometimes sound like the violin is a bit out of key.

If you can still find a copy of this demo, it might be worth checking out if you are into this style of music. You probably won't be disappointed that's for sure. On the other hand, the chances of it being the most groundbreaking album in your collection are also very low. Overall, I would take this demo for what it is, a very good middle of the road (quality wise) release by a talented young death/doom act that sadly broke up too quickly. But whose break-up did signal in the existence of the funeral doom of The Eleventh Room.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Turbid
2. Beacon
3. The River
4. Feral and Divine

Duration : Approx. 21 minutes.

Visit the Spiritual Dissolvent bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Aldo Quispel
Thermal Mass
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