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Age of Taurus : In the Days of the Taurean Empire

Age of Taurus have released one of the best 2010 demos.

Age Of Taurus come from England and this is their first release. Their four-track demo is the expression of the bandís fondness for old-school traditional Doom Metal, but it also shows some minor elements from other genres that enrich the final sound.

The demo opens with 'Unto The Hour Of Death', an epic, slow and dark song characterized by an excellent vocal performance; it is definitely amongst the best songs of the genre released in 2010. The demo continues with 'Unborn Destroyer'; in this song, the band displays a variety of influences that go from the primitive proto Doom of Pagan Altar to the lyrical elegies of early Trouble. 'Barren' that follows has a more laid-back, rockier attitude, but donít misunderstand my description: the band doesnít stray into Stoner fields, it just reminds me of some of the less metallic moments of Saint Vitus, Pentagram or Obsessed. The song surely has the potential to be a live anthem. The demo ends with 'The Age Of Taurus', a slow, massive, primitive and brutal monster that many well-established bands would wish they had composed.

In conclusion, beside the fact that the band has released one of the best demos in 2010 (supported by an excellent production), I also liked the fact that they combine influences that cover the entire spectrum of traditional Doom, from Witchfinder General to While Heaven Wept and everything in between, without ever losing control. If you are seriously into traditional Doom, this is one of the best new bands in the genre and you can check them HERE. I hope for more material from them soon.

Reviewer's rating: 7.5/10


Tracklist :
1. Unto the Hour of the Dead
2. Unborn Destroyer
3. Barren
4. The Age of Taurus

Duration : Approx. 23 minutes

Visit the Age of Taurus bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-04-25 by Dimitris Plastiras
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