|The Belgian band Bellator released this debut through one of the most obscure labels ever (actually from my own hometown). As I understand it, the band are not that proud any more of this release, although I can only wonder why. Because on this release, Bellator offers us a decent dose of up-tempo death-doom that does not sound bad to these ears at all.|
'Fluxional' reminds me a bit of the first The Gathering and Amorphis releases, but it does not sound so 'early ninties'. Bellator wisely chose to hide the keys in the back of the mix, significantly reducing the cheese factor. The music however remains pretty melodic, also due to the fact that generally it is pretty up-tempo. This causes them to often sound more deathish then Doomish. Which is perhaps the only point of "criticism" I can really make; in essence this is death-metal. If Bellator had not started to make more Doomy music after this release, I would have probably passed this band over as being just another run of the mill mid-tempo Death-metal band with some doom-metal tendencies.
Other than that I'm actually at a bit of loss what else to say about this release. Take it for what it is, a decent and solid death-doom album with strong death-metal tendencies. It's solid, it's tight, it's got all the characteristics and well… that is about all I can say. It's not world shocking and I could not advice it as a first dip into the death-doom genre, but it's a nice addition for any fan looking to expend beyond the well known names.
1. Sensus Mortalis
2. The Warlord
3. Master of your Soul
4. The Lone Wolf
Duration : Approx. 21 minutes
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