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Dwoom : Pale Mare Demo MMXVII (Demo)

A crushing monument of Epic Doom metal, Dwoom go above and beyond what you would expect from a demo.

Oh, this is only 17 minutes long?? I guess I hadn't noticed...as it's been on repeat since I've gotten it! Dwoom play a style of traditional Epic Doom that is VERY much reminiscent of fellow countrymen and masters Candlemass. Imagine if Mats Leven had been singing with Candlemass during 'King of the Grey Islands' and you have a pretty good idea what these guys sound like.

If you're wondering why the guitar tone is slightly familiar it's because they use a distortion pedal known as the Hm-2 and if you've listened to either Entombed or Dismember - or, quite frankly, any old Swedish Death Metal - you'll likely know exactly what you're in for. HUGE, brutal sounding guitars that almost have a chainsaw-like growl to them ploughing through mid-tempo songs like they are butter. Unsurprisingly, three of the four members play in an established Death Metal band called Feral , so I'm not exactly shocked that everything sounds so heavy. Keep in mind too that this is only a demo and goes far beyond what I'd expect from one. The vocals are mixed just high enough that the expression and power soaks into each section without ever overpowering the riffs or descending into parody. Everything is working in unison to deliver that sense of urgency and scope that I feel is really necessary to do this particular type of Epic Doom justice. The only times I really found myself noticing that this was, in fact, a demo was the inclusion of a Hammond organ. Not really because it sounds out of place, it doesn't, but because it's mixed so far in the background that the guitars really just eat up any mixing space that was left over. Even the bass guitar needs a tad more love, it really fills in the riffs to make them sound even more monstrous but if you're really listening there are bass fills here and there that I wish would come out a tad more. Even the guitar solos struggle to be heard, not as much as the organs, but the complaint is still valid. These really are minor complaints,however, since the towering riffs and vocals are clearly the focal point so I wouldn't put too much stock in them. I mean with it being a demo you can forgive it. I'm just mentioning it because it will be interesting how it's included when these guys progress to the next release. Another interesting note as well is that in my research I've yet to find any evidence of a drummer and if these actually were programmed drums, honestly I couldn't even tell.

The sound is all fine and dandy, but how are the songs, you ask? Well I'm pleased to say that each of the three songs bear the mark of people who know exactly what they are doing. It is obvious that the songs included here have had ample time to be written exactly the way the band wanted it, with any fat that could have possibly have been here having been trimmed away. The songs are lean, powerful and never seem to overstay their welcome. 'Pale Mare' opens aggressively with 'Fallen Again' before moving back a tad with the self titled track, but the absolute highlight has to be 'Empty Temples'. The most advanced of the three moves between a heavy and an acoustic laden section to do some building before assaulting your senses with a constant stream of intensely destructive, Epic laced, mid-tempo Doom. The vocals here REALLY bring home the Candlemass influence with even the lyrics hearkening back to 'Epicus Doomicus Metallicus'. It ends abruptly leaving you hungry for more. And really, if I can find any fault its that it is too short. I find myself REALLY wishing this was a full length instead of a demo, because I want it to keep going. I guess that would be a hallmark of an excellent demo but when its this good, is there any shame in being greedy? There is very minimal growth that needs to happen with Dwoom as a band if this demo is of any indication. I'd say the door is wide open for them as far as a future goes. I'm calling it now, Dwoom could be the next name in a genre starving for more quality bands.

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Reviewer's rating: 9/10


Tracklist :
1. Fallen Again
2. Pale Mare
3. Empty Temples

Duration : Approx. 18 minutes

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Reviewed on 2017-10-15 by Eli Elliott
Aesthetic Death
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