|Vladimir Andreev is a musician whose name you may have already come across: his band Otkroveniya Dozhdya (Revelations of Rain) isn’t unknown to the Extreme Doom connoisseur – I also suspect him to be part of the utterly hermetic project Ea; but there’s little chance this will ever be confirmed! This time around, he is joined by a guy named Sethaye who takes care of the vocal parts. We only just escaped another Slavic one-man band here!
On The Edge Of The Netherrealm flies between raw Death Doom and its more melodic variant (Letargy Dream, Doom:Vs and of course Revelations of Rain are names that come to mind). At first, you don’t hear the subtleties which it is made of, but with repeated listens it really grows on you. There is enough variety, rhythm change, enough skill to keep your attention all along.
Vladimir Andreev is certainly not a virtuoso, but, damn! he surely can handle a guitar! The leads are fluent and majestic, they flow with assurance, bringing a touch of epicness and a deep sense of proud romanticism. Nothing outstanding: Andreev cleverly flits from aerial solos to crushing riffs; some gently plucked strings, a thoughtful slowing-down. His very good technique is the major attraction of this album: he succeeds in creating great moods and he nicely melts his guitar work into the dark and often ominous atmospheres the deep growls of Sethaye can set up (the vocals are your typical guttural growls, no less, no more; half the lyrics are in Russian, which enhances the roughness of their sound).
Our man is not as comfortable with the piano, but, knowing his own limits, he manages not to sound clumsy. The keyboards stay really discreet and never sound out of place or overbearing - as is often the case with those Slavic bands - which I really appreciate: it preserves the sobriety of the whole.
I like the overture of most of the songs and always, within each one, you find a moment of great musical inspiration, of galvanic intensity, some rythmic sequences that stick in your head (like on 'Get the Fuck out from Others'): catchy moments that make you clench your fists and look far in the distance like one of these tiny figures before a vast chasm in a Neo-Romantic painting (which the cover art also evokes). On The Edge Of The Netherrealm conjures up elegantly dark landscapes of the end of the world, abysmal and elegiac.
The drums are too mechanical, as often happens with a one-man (musician) band. The computerized double kick drumming gets on your nerves after a while; but sometimes, when more controlled, they sound good ('Boundless Life', which shows the great composition skills of Andreev).
On The Edge Of the Netherrealm doesn’t sound like anything you wouldn’t have heard before. But is is really well done. The band mixes together intense Doom soundscapes with softer passages (piano, keyboards, guitar); there're still enough variations and nuances, as well as some nice crushing and devastating moments to please most Death Doom fans.
1. Day and Night
3. Get the Fuck out from Others
4. Boundless Life
6. On the Verge
Duration : Approx. 47 minutes
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