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Dragonauta : Cruz Invertida

Dragonauta mirrors exactly the Italian concept of what Doom Metal should sound like.

Dragonauta is a renowned name in the metal scene but this is the first time that I have had the chance to listen to one of their works. They come from South America and, if Iím not mistaken, from Argentina. They play a form of old-school Doom Metal, enriched with elements of dark Progressive Rock like the one Italians perfected.

The album is dominated by a strong ritualistic aura that enhances the dark nature of the songs. I canít really pick out a single song as all of them are on the same level and complement each other. However, two songs made a lasting impression on me: the title track - half the title track actually - 'Cruz Invertida/Altar Penumbra', that sometimes gives the impression it was written by Reverend Bizzare, and 'Poseidonís Blood', one of the darkest Prog Rock songs I've ever heard. One of the most impressive things this band does is that, without sacrificing their primitiveness, they manage to create a very melodic album, something that I put down to the absence of keys and their replacement by long melodic guitar solos.

To conclude, this is a must for anyone who likes the way the bands signed by Black Widow Records sound. Also I canít help saying something for the artwork as I canít stop thinking that this is how a Satanist version of Playboy should look like.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Muerte y Destruccion
2. World of Violence
3. Montanas de Sangre
4. Black Venom
5. Cruz Invertida/Altar Penumbra
6. Poseidon's Blood
7. God Half Blind
8. Lux de Marte
9. El Monje

Duration : Approx. 53 minutes

Visit the Dragonauta bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-02-19 by Dimitris Plastiras
No God Only Pain
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