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The world of the music industry is just not fair! While commercial metal acts like Korn and Limp Bizkit rule the metal charts and gain an enthousiastic audience with their lame music and poor content, other bands like this Belgian doom outfit Bellator have to fight for recognition and for a label deal. This despite their excellent, atmospheric doom in the vein of early The Gathering and even Moonspell ('Irreligious' era).

This demo contains five tracks of a high -and consistent- quality. The first track 'A Cry To Silence' departs with vocalist Andy singing in a low, clear gothic tone. However, after the first minutes, he switches over to an undefinable grunt/scream/whispering voice. All band members do their job with conviction. Especially the keyboards, that add a dreamy, melancholic atmosphere to the heavy doom basis and the excellent guitar solo's from lead guitarist Gunnar, steal the show.

The poetic, pessimistic, and even nihilistic lyrics serve as the necessary doom reference point that justifies their desperate, but somehow warm art. This is not icecold, devoid of any hope or sense music in the vein of Skepticism, Thergothon or Esoteric, it rather leaves you behind with a warm feeling of melancholia and tearful sadness.

Also check out their excellent website: http://www.bellator.org

[note by admn.: While Kostas is now a member of Bellator this demo was reviewed by him before he became a member of the band or even had contact with the band.]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. A Cry To Silence
2. Ascension
3. The Craft Of Heroism
4. Beyond The Glacial Wall
5. The Ultimate Decay

Duration : Approx. 32 minutes

Visit the Bellator bandpage.

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