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Deinonychus : Deinonychus

I must admit that the first time I heard 'The Ark of Thought', Deinonychus' previous work, I couldn't digest the extreme vocals of Marco and I thought they were very exaggerated and histrionic. Fortunately, a friend of mine who is a big fan of this band kept insisting and gave me one year later Deinonychus' next, selftitled album. And what a revelation it was!

This album made me appreciate and recognize Deinonychus as a great band and made me like 'The Ark of Thought' as well. Deinonychus understands the art of creating very dark, emotionally complicated music using very simple song structures and repetitive melodies.

While Deinonychus' first two works are considered to be black metal, since 'The weeping of a Thousand Years' the music moved into a more doom/gothic direction. 'Deinonychus' moved even more into a doom direction, combining fast parts that refer to the band's past and some very slow parts, where the typical, crunchy guitar sound, reminding of bands like Katatonia, crashes the listener's soul.

Paradoxically, Marco's extreme, wailing screams, that scare off most listeners who don't like Deinonychus, give such a depth and dramatic strength to the music, that it's difficult to imagine how this music would sound without them. Contrary to other bands that try to use extreme lamenting screams (like f.i. Cultus Sanguine), here they sound real and not theatrical, as if somebody is in real pain and hopelessness. And it's the credibility of those emotions that most doom metal fans appreciate about Deinonychus, a credibility that you don't find in most black/gothic metal records.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. You Died Before I Was Finished
2. Inspiring Vulnerable Thought
3. Like the Colour of Snow
4. One Day
5. Moments
6. Building the Paradox
7. This, a Murder of Crows
8. Balaam Wore Black
9. The Hollow Cage of My Ribs
10. Why is it That Angels Speak Such Evil?

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

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