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Demonia : Divine Tragedy

In addition to a promo released in 2003, this is the only release that Demonia made under this moniker. In 2004 they changed the name to Altherea and started playing more straightforward gothic metal. The two Demonia releases, however, contain slow to mid-paced doom/gothic metal with plenty of atmosphere. If one were to assert that this is Chalice with less renaissance and more modern gothic, then one would be quite close to the truth.

What makes Demonia so special is their ability to make music that harmonizes into beautiful melodies without any particularly impressive guitarplay or soloing. It all cumulates into a single holistic aura. It could be claimed that this aura has it's main function to support vocalist Silvia Tavascia's voice, and that would probably be correct. Yet still the melody gets plenty of opportunities to stand on it's own and show its majestic colors. As for the musical mood, I would describe it as soaringly melancholic, yet with a very distinct beauty.

'Divine Tragedy' seems to be related to Dante's Divine Comedy, though I am not sure. The track titles and lyrics remind me of them, but there are no revealing clues. In any case, I can easily imagine the storyteller who recites his journey through these songs.

This release has the length of a single with it's mere eleven minutes. Still this is one of the releases which I value the most in the doom/gothic genre. It doesn't quite match up to the pure brilliance of their 'Promo 2003', but it comes close. It might be easier to find than the promo, but it was still immensely hard to track down a copy. However, should you ever find a copy of it anywhere and you enjoy emotional gothic with female vocals, don't hesitate to pick it up. Demonia is definitely one of the most underrated bands amongst it's kin, which I'm sure is only due to them still remaining pretty unknown and hard to get hold of.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Waiting for the sentence
2. The tenth celestial circle
3. Under the demon's kingdom

Duration : Approx. 11 minutes.

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Reviewed on 26-08-2010 by Arnstein Petersen
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