|Ukrainian Vin de Mia Trix is a relatively new band with a quite individual
approach to the Death Doom genre.|
|Ukrainian Vin de Mia Trix, a relatively new band with quite an individual
approach to the Death Doom genre, present some promising ideas on this EP. The
title of the release translates 'The sleep of reason produces monsters' and is
also the title of a famous etching by Francisco de Goya which has been used for
the cover artwork. This reference to a dark and oppressive piece of art is quite
fitting, since it mirrors the predominant atmosphere created by this band. |
The EP consists of two proper songs, 'The Sleep of Reason' and 'Nocturne', framed by two calm, melancholic instrumentals dominated by clean/acoustic guitars. In addition, it contains a live recording of another song called 'Grief'. Funnily enough, the instrumentals could even be the most promising tracks, as simple and short as they are, for they make me envision future songs interweaving the heavy Death Doom sound with such fragile moments, which would allow for an even more interesting and complex style. But there is already a lot of potential nonetheless.
'The Sleep of Reason' is a fascinating track, deserving some attention: the guitars are very skilfully layered in places, creating a dense atmosphere of distress and Lovecraftian trepidation, accompanied by fitting lyrics. The vocals concentrate on low, raspy growls and some spoken word. Structurally, the song is actually quite dynamic, leading up to a great climax when Goya’s title is recited in English. With a more professional production, this style could certainly turn into a thick and crushing wall of sound while still retaining a melodic basis. However, the production is strong enough already to make the musical vision recognisable – and enjoyable for sure. 'Nocturne' is slightly less captivating and showcases more of an aggressive edge. Some of the riffs made me think of 'slowed down Gothenburg-Death-Metal', if you can imagine something as uncommon as this! Again, Vin de Mia Trix prove that they have something to offer with their interesting take on the genre.
'Grief' is a solid Death-Doom-piece suffering from the typical underground quality of the live recording. Fortunately, though, the sound is not as muddy as some poor bootlegs – at least every instrument, as well as the melodic lines, can be distinguished easily. Still, it would be nice to hear a studio version someday.
If you enjoy Death Doom with an intense atmosphere and do not mind some psychedelic, folk-like moments, you should not hesitate to follow this band’s career. If they continue on the path they have chosen, we might be in for some fantastic surprises with future releases. While this EP still suffers from some teething troubles (most notably production-wise), it holds the promise of great things to come.
1. In Memory…
2. The Sleep of Reason
4. Into the Stone Gardens
5. Grief (live)
Duration : Approx. 28 minutes
Visit the Vin de Mia Trix bandpage.