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Violet Vortex : Promo CD

Oh my, these young Greeks should have been born twenty years ago! They play traditional doom in the good old tradition of Saint Vitus, Black Sabbath and Candlemass, and they do it very well! There are two demo's featured on this promo CD, 'Rush Hour of Lust' and the more recent 'Indulge in Reverie' (which, from what I understood from the introduction by one of the band members, dates from 1999).

The songs are catchy, heavy and slow with the necessary groove and you can really hear how much fun the bandmembers had during this recording, because they do their job with a lot of conviction and enthousiasm. The production is very good (for Greek standards) but I miss that typical obscure, underground feel of the doom bands twenty years ago. In my opinion, traditional doom played in the old-fashioned way, works best with that typical old-fashioned production.

Another point of criticm are the vocals on the first demo on this promo CD, which sound a bit colourless at times, but there is clearly improvement in the second demo (although it's apparently still the same vocalist). Tracks like 'Vanquished Emotion' from the first demo and 'Nunny Song' or 'A Sun that Never Shines (the second is my favorite song on this promo CD) from the second demo, can easily stand the comparison with the big traditional doom icons.Some tranquil, acoustic tracks like 'Wisdom Blades (Cut Deepest)' add extra colour to the music.

Apparently, this promo CD granted this band a label deal (which they certainly deserve), so we are going to hear from those guys in the future, that's for sure!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
Rush Hour of Lust:
1. Eerie Passion
2. Alysia
3. Travelling of Souls
4. Vanquished Emotion
5. Rush Hour of Lust
6. Final Plea (for Saviour)

Indulge in Reverie:
7. Intro
8. Nunny Song
9. A Sun that Never Shines
10. Wisdom Blades (Cut Deepest)
11. Secrets
12. Indulge in Reverie
13. Planet Caravan

Duration : Approx. 60 minutes.

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