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Esoteric : Esoteric Emotions: The Death of Ignorance

This is Esoteric's demo, which is available in two versions: A first version as one disc (this review) which lasts 77 minutes, and a second one as two discs (that version lasts 82 minutes).

'Esoteric emotions...' is a very interesting demo that already shows a band with a unique style and a lot of potential. This is extremely slow, heavy and monotonous music with some psychedelic effects and highly distorted vocals. The first emotion which springs to mind after listening to this album, is hate. The band sounds tortured, misanthropic and indifferent for any metal trends. That alone makes this demo interesting for ultradoom freaks.

There are two brilliant tracks in this demo, the hateful 'In solitude' and the 17 minute long, heavy as hell masterpiece 'Eyes of darkness'. The rest of the tracks don't always reach the level we are used to expect from a band like Esoteric, with the exception of a few parts. One of the reasons for this is that the guitars, although they sound powerful, are not that well-produced: they are extremely low tuned, which makes it hard to hear the chords changing at times.

But all in all, this is an interesting release for those doom fans who dare to explore the most extreme and dark corners of the doom universe and an almost essential release for Esoteric fans.

Note: available through www.mp3.com.

[edit by admin.: MP3.com has since sold out and I can't find anywhere that you'll get hold of this tape, save as a second hand buy.]

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Esoteric
2. In Solitude
3. Enslavers of The Insecure
4. Scarred
5. Eyes Of Darkness
6. Infanticidal Fantasies
7. Expectations Of Love
8. The Laughter Of The Ignorant

Duration : Approx. 77 minutes

Visit the Esoteric bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kostas Panagiotou
Hate Your Guts Records
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