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Ataraxie : The Other Path

Despite the fact that I have heard many ironic and devaluating comments about the French metal scene, I have only good things to tell about the French doom metal bands I've heard thus far: Worship, Despond, Monolithe and this Ataraxie are all unique, self-willed doom entities with their own style, personality and approach.

Ataraxie represents the most brutal, relentless and unforgiving side of the doom spectrum. The band is clearly not only influenced by bands belonging to the doom scene like early My Dying Bride ('As the Flower Withers' era) and diSEMBOWELMENT, but the influence of other deities of the extreme metal genre like Morbid Angel and Dissection is also strong.

Much like death/grind/doom pioneers diSEMBOWELMENT, Ataraxie understands the art of combining heavenly, painstakingly slow doom with hateful, brutal blastbeat accelerations. The frequent use of twin guitar harmonies and melodic solo's, reminding of the great Dissection, is clearly an asset of this band. Add to all this the low, steady grunts and hateful screams of bassist/vocalist Jonathan Thery, the technical, furious guitar riffs and high-quality drumming and you can only agree with me that Ataraxie is a force to be reckoned with.

This lengthy demo includes also three additional live tracks. However beware: although the sound quality of those tracks is far from terrible, they give only a very limited impression of the fury, power and energy this band is able to unleash live! Furthermore, as much as I am satisfied with the recording quality of this demo (especially given the circumstances), I hope to see Ataraxie signed soon. Hopefully, a contract with a label shall give them the opportunity to make use of a satisfying recording budget, which shall enable them to compete with the likes of diSEMBOWELMENT, Dusk and Ceremonium for the title of heaviest doom band around! In the meanwhile I would like to encourage all fans of the aforementioned bands to order this demo by sending an email to: Webmaster@ataraxie.fr.st

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. The Other Path
2. My Last Breath
3. Behind the Mask
4. Eternal Sufferings
5. The Isle of the Dead
6. Unholy Prayer
7. Alone in My Coffin
8. The Other Path (live)
9. From Agony to Eternity (live)
10. The Isle of the Dead (live)

Duration : Approx. 67 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
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