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Donefor : In The Arms Of Octopus



First and foremost: this is a KILLER release. 'In The Arms Of Octopus' is a split between the now defunct Donefor and Overmars, a band which has nothing to do with the Dutch footballer, but everything to do with Donefor, as two of their members were originally in that band. The two bands, whilst playing a similar style, accentuate different aspects of it. Whilst Overmars is more focused on doom and sludge, Donefor really allows the hardcore influences to shine through. This hardcore doom is a style I've never had the pleasure of hearing before, and surprisingly, it's the best thing since sliced bread. Okay, so maybe that last statement was a bit of over hyping, but seriously, I cannot stop listening to this disc.

Overmars opens almost unassumingly with the track 'Narcissus', featuring an atmospheric build up, with cleanly picked guitar, before the destruction that is Overmars, is released upon us. The music rages, crashing down, over, over, over again. Travelling at a pace akin to crawling through mud, Overmars lumbers through a ten minute sludgy dirge. The vocals join somewhere in time and hoarsely scream out of the speakers, literally scream, as they are definitely hardcore influenced vocals, very harsh sounding as well, almost as if the vocalist is lacerating his throat, and he probably is. The sludge cycles out, only to be replaced by the quiet build up which roars back into the main body of the track. Simple, yet so devastatingly effective. This technique is virtually replicated on the other two shorter tracks, but the tracks are so good I don't care. Sure, Overmars could become a one-trick pony, but that one trick is awesome. Can't wait to hear more from these guys.

Donefor, as mentioned before, are no more. They play music that is very much in the same vein as Overmars, except for the vocals, which are even harsher and more insane. The music is more melodic and faster, which really shows up the hardcore influences. None the less, I think I actually prefer these four tracks to Overmars, even though the two styles flow together very well. So well in fact that if you didn't know it was two bands, you would be forgiven for thinking the last four tracks on 'In The Arms Of Octopus' are recordings from an early demo. Which to some extent seems to be true as they share members.

The first sentence of this review sort of cut to the chase, and I stand by it. This is an excellent release. The blend of hardcore/doom and near ambient sections, is done seamlessly and flawlessly, contributing to this release being extremely original, and basically a must get.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated

Information

Tracklist :
Overmars:
1. Narcissus
2. The Mistaken One
3. The Good Doctor Is Still A Good Target

Donefor:
4. Evolution
5. Lost In The Fall Of A Movement
6. Loosing Ground
7. My Black Turns To Your Grey

Duration : Approx. 66 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Scott Wickens
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