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Ghouli : Tabula Rasa

Strangely enough only one of the tracks with a Finnish title has had its name translated on the demo, and that is the third track, so I took the initiative and translated the others. The first track, 'Tyhjyydestä Syntynyt', means "born of emptiness", the second, 'Tuomion Katedraali', means "cathedral of doom". In other words the titles are typical of doom rock bands, if you ignore the fact they're in Suomi/Finnish, that is. The fourth track is a little different though. The name isn't Finnish, instead the term 'Tabula Rasa' is defined as both "a young mind not yet affected by experience" and "an opportunity to start over without prejudice". Which one of the meanings is intended for the track, I don't know. You see, I don't really understand a word of Finnish.

Before I continue describing the music, you might want to download the whole demo for free. Then you can listen to it while I try to explain what this sounds like. You'll find the mp3's here: http://www.mikseri.net/artistit/?id=27716 [edit by author: The link is gone and I can't find any new ones.]

Ghouli is not really your average doom rock band as they don't subscribe to the Black Sabbath or Pentagram sound. Instead they have found a way to make the music unique but without including any experimental elements. Instead the music has been made a lot colder and bleaker than the two doom giants mentioned earlier. Semi-growled vocals and simple riffage combine to give Ghouli their identity. The rocking motions of the music do however give the music a strong connection to all other doom rock bands. So if you feel like testing out a different kind of oldschool traditional doom, then this might be a good alternative way to go about it.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Tyhjyydestä Syntynyt
2. Tuomion Katedraali
3. Jumalten Vasara (The Hammer of Gods)
4. Tabula Rasa

Duration : Approx. 15 minutes

Visit the Ghouli bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-2004 by Arnstein Petersen
Hate Your Guts Records
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