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Cease To Breathe : So Unravels This Mortal Coil

Cease To Breathe is a side project by two members of US band Nepenthean. The project is geared towards making minimalistic doom metal.

This release obviously has a death theme, and this is reflected in the music, which consists of melodies played on guitar and/or keyboard, combined with deep grunts. There isn't really a heavy base of riffing guitar, bass, and there are no drums, so the effect is indeed minimalistic. Instead of heavy, this release rather sounds emptier, stripped of body. The atmosphere shifts from serene, to maddening and back again and the band manages to evoke those differences within their rather limited instrumenal domain.

On the whole, I'd say this demo is very well done. It's very captivating and calls forth interesting atmospheres at various points in its short stretch of time. It doesn't yet reach the level of some other bands, though, such as Worship, which comes to mind most readily when listening to this album. Especially the lack of drums is a bit of a loss in my opinion. However, a bit of work here and there and Cease To Breathe's next release is sure to be something good.

This won't be anyone's cup of tea, but those of you who can enjoy a bit of stripped-down extreme doom should definitely check this one out, and also keep an eye on future releases. The demo can de downloaded in its entirety from the Cease To Breathe website: http://www.geocities.com/i_cease_to_breathe [edit by admin.: It's no longer available for download there. However, the site still exists so I'll leave the link. Those who want to hear their sound might want to check out their myspace page. As a final note of interest I'd like to comment that this demo was released the same year on hardcopy after the band changed their name to The Liquescent Horror. This MP3 only version didn't have a proper cover, but the hardcopy did.]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. So Unravels This Mortal Coil
2. The Worms Consume Me
3. Patiently, I Wait For Death
4. The Last Breath Is Cold

Duration : Approx. 21 minutes

Visit the Cease To Breathe bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Oscar Strik
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