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Dysperium : Dysperium

Pagan to the core, Dysperium’s music draws its inspirations from various sources.

Of John Marshall and James Brown, the two men behind this project, very little is known. I gathered from the net that they were also in command of the Black Metal Band Typhus. Dysperium released a demo called ‘Dawning’ in 2003 (which has been reviewed on this site). This is a polymorphic band that doesn’t care much about classical schemes, or any schemes at all, as a matter of fact.

The influences are widely spread, which makes labelling this album a tricky affair and it wouldn’t do justice to the variety of the opus. I must say, it barely fits in the Doom genre, but it’s doomy enough to have the term ‘Doom’ attached to it, whatever we can put afterwards: Black, Folk, etc. It begins like an Agalloch soundtrack: acoustic guitars, rainy moods and then, in the next minute or so, it explodes in a fiery gallop, which reminds me of the Viking Metal band Asmegin.

The band dips its inspiration in every running sources, blending folkloric lines to energetic Black Metal, drifting to some greedy Death Doom. You can’t say of Dysperium that they are boring, as the structure are complex and really inventive. In fact, the music is pagan at heart, sustained by dark grunting torn apart by wild shrieks and often complemented with male choral lines. A heavy riffing makes sure the songs get their right portion of Doom; now and then, always cleverly placed, clear leads come to widen the epic scope of the album. But what really makes it catchy as hell are the numerous blissful acoustic chords that occupy a large part of the musical playground of the duet; a signature that stamps the band’s temperament all along and that connects them also to another band you can’t avoid when speaking of Pagan Metal: Bathory.

Never sounding chaotic – a confusion that the loose array of influences could have produced - but more often than not surprising with exciting melodic developments, the duet displays a heavy atmosphere, filled with crushing and dynamic riffs, built on original and memorable tempos, and fluid accoustic guitar lines, always sounding epic, sometimes tragic, conveying a proud war-like feel.

Somewhere between Vintersorg, Mael Mordha, Asmegin and Keen Of The Crow, Dysperium offer us an interesting début that retains a strong sense of savage melody. There is a definite addictive quality to their music. Recommended.

Reviewer's rating: 7/10


Tracklist :
1. I
2. II
3. III
4. IV
5. V
6. VI
7. VII
9. Interlude

Duration : Approx. 49 minutes

Visit the Dysperium bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-01-10 by Bertrand Marchal
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