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Tefra : 7/10ths to Madness

Tefra is another UK doom band from Yorkshire, but this time they don't play doom death with bittersweet romantic melodies like most other bands from that area. Their brand of doom is groovy, energetic and stays true to its 'Sabbath roots. In short, they play traditional doom.

This demo departs with excellent opener 'Carved in Mind'. The song has a catchy, gloomy riff at its core and the epic, reverbed vocals remind somewhat of a combination of Paul Chain and Reverend Bizarre (!), although the tempo is slightly higher. However, from the second track on the band swifts gear and what we get is a mix of groovy, catchy main riffs (clearly an asset of this band) and epic/power metal vocals and tempo's. Some of the tracks even build up to an uptempo punk apotheosis, which sometimes makes me wonder if the tag 'doom' is appropriate here as my blackened heart sighs under the weight of so much energy, joy and enthusiasm.

All in all this is undoubtedly a quality demo from a promising band and if you are into both epic heavy metal and traditional doom, you should do yourself a favour and check them out. However, if gloominess and musical depression is your thing, stay away from Tefra and their misleadingly dark band name (Greek for 'ashes of the dead').

Band contact: apotefrosis@hotmail.com

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Carved in Mind
2. Apotefrosis
3. Anything Less
4. Goat of Mendes
5. Epi Tas

Duration : Approx. 16 minutes.

Visit the Tefra bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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