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Lapsus Dei : In Our Sacred Places

If only Lapsus Dei accepted to sound more Doom than Death…

Chile can easily boast about the most active Doom scene of South America, and Lapsus Dei is one of its oldest activists with its twelve year history. However, its age didn’t preserve the band from the hazards of musical life, and this new Ep comes after a split that has put Lapsus Dei aside during 5 years.

They call their style ‘Brutal Doom Metal'; that let me expect something heavy, grim and punitive like Moss and Coffins, in fact, this is more like an album the temperature of which varies between old school Brutal Death ('Dissolved Bones' and its accents ala early Runemagick mixed with Dissection elements), Doom/Death ('Eternal Places') and a successful blend of both influences on the same song ('Bio-lence').

As if musical schizophrenia wasn’t enough, it also stamps the themes the band plays with: they quote both 19th century French Romantic poets ('Reborn' is an adaptation of a poem by Paul Eluard) as well as a more ‘classical’ Byronian atheism referring to God (hardly surprising given the strong support that the Catholic church brought to Augusto Pinochet’s dictatorship, and the enormous influence it still has on the life in the country) and Satan (a bit more original). you therefore have an EP that features two sides of the band, and like the first album by The Extinct Dreams, one can’t help thinking that it might have been more accurate to set up two different bands (one for each style) than to try to mix the two under the same moniker and in the same album.

In any case, I still enjoyed listening to this 'In Our Sacred Places' (I admit to being partial to any band covering Bolt Thrower live) despite my disappointment at not finding the great Gothic Doom/Death from their debut album 'Beyond The Truth' in 2005 ... Lapsus Dei have the qualities needed to be enthroned next to Mar De Grises and Poema Arcanus, as they already are as for their inspiration. A band to support, hoping that they are now back for good.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Intro
2. Bones Dissolved
3. Eternal Places
4. Bio-lence
5. Reborn
6. Outro

Duration : Approx. 28 minutes

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Reviewed on 2010-12-14 by Laurent Lignon
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