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Believe in Nothing : The 28th Day

'The 28th Day' is also the title of a modern sci-fi horror movie where humanity slowly succumbs to a man made virus that turns people into zombies. The movie puts a lot of focus on mankind's ability to deteriorate itself and the world. While I'm not sure this comparison was what Sandra Emmerich had in mind, I still find it to be fitting. There is at least something nihilistically apocalyptic about the music. Not to mention if you abbreviate the name of track two you get the word "S.O.L.I.T.U.D.E.", but perhaps that's an optimistic guess..? [edit by author: The guess was incorrect. The demo was made as an attempt to make the RPM Challenge. It's a challenge to make ten songs or at least 35 minutes of music in 28, or less, days. She's four minutes short, but making a great demo in less than a month still deserves great respect.]

Considering the previous question, when one listens to this demo it becomes quite clear that anything regarding optimism is outside the music's boundaries. Within them you'll only find funeral doom in a very depressed state. Like the previous demo, all that is needed to achieve this feeling is a guitar, some minor percussion, a little church organ on 'Descend', and occasional soft, mournful vocals. I'm not going to market this as "clean female vocals" because this usually means that they are powerful and dominating. This can hardly be compared to Sandra Emmerich' almost whispered gasps that closely resemble a dying breath. Some might consider this a loss, but for an ultimate aura of hollow inner loss I would have to argue that it's perfect.

It should be mentioned that the track 'Descend' is slightly different from the rest in that it has some more intense parts which give the lingering depression moments of focus. The way that it's played, and the intense church organ towards the end makes me think of death. More precisely, it makes me think of death and the descent to the fiery pits of damnation. It's like an ultimate pessimism. Not only is living a hell, but there is no hope of escaping that by killing yourself. You'll just end up in a different one. Again, this is my own conclusion and I don't know if the artist had this in mind.

The music has some similarities to bands/projects such as Nortt and Worship, but it still has a sound of it's own. It's hard to be innovative in this genre and there isn't much that's really new here, though it avoids sounding like a copy. Especially since the previous Believe in Nothing demo is quite similar in style. However, when it comes to listening quality, I'd still say that this project has a lot to offer. It should also be mentioned that I find this demo to be the better one of the two. They're pretty equal, but this is still slightly better.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Night
2. Seventy One (Lost Illusions Twisted Under Dusk's Embrace)
3. Just Like One Day
4. Descend

Duration : Approx. 31 minutes

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Reviewed on 19-07-2007 by Arnstein Petersen
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