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Zakon : First Scream

Zakon plays instrumental Doom, and indeed it lacks some vocals...

I have nothing against instrumental Doom, but sometimes you just can't help thinking that the music you're listening to could be so damn better with vocals. Such is the case with the first demo of this Polish anonymous outfit (the only infos I found were actually in Polish, a language that I just don't happen to master). The music on display belongs to the rather atmospheric Doom/Death spectrum; itís quite well played but itís lacking a lot in substance composition-wise.

Let me explain: there's a lot of good things (clean guitars that reminds me of early Christian Death, and more electric parts worthy of early Katatonia), but also some bad ones (most notably, the second part just ends so abruptly that during my first listening session I thought it was a problem coming from my audio system!). All in all, this first effort exactly portrays what a demo is supposed to be: it shows what the band is capable of, while clearly leaving a lot of room for further development.

And this is where Zakon shines. Because the 2 tracks are quite good (albeit also not very original) and could be worked on a bit more to become just excellent. I do think that a voice could add more depth to these songs, be it growls, moans or shrieks. Right now, this is a promising first shot (mind you, I've heard full-lengths that were worse than that) that leaves me wanting to hear more about the band, and see if it can live up to the expectations it gave rise to.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Part 1
2. Part 2

Duration : Approx. 15 minutes

Visit the Zakon bandpage.

Reviewed on 2011-11-03 by Laurent Lignon
Hate Your Guts Records
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