|It's difficult to listen to IDiaSoM. (Too long band name aside... though personally, I feel that they should just shorten it to Stream Of Mourn), and even more difficult to review them, without the topic of the bandmembers' very young ages coming up. Having said this, however, I will not mention it, as the music on this demo is strong enough to stand up on its own merit.|
Right away, it is obvious that the production on this demo (jokingly titled 'Oh God, Not Another One') is much better than their first, and the songwriting has clearly improved from the first, already good, effort. The instrumental, and orchestral parts, especially, are much stronger, and better composed than before. I really like the use of different, and sometimes unexpected instruments, as well. It's a pity that they can mostly only be heard during the orchestral parts, and not alongside the guitars, as well. The brief bit of saxophone that plays overtop the guitars during the second track, 'Strangling the Truth' sounds really great, but lasts for mere seconds. It's as if the candy was taken out of my mouth just before I could taste it. Hopefully, the band will experiment more with this on future releases.
The other thing which I noticed, was the way the songs were broken up, with the orchestral and acoustic parts acting as intros, outros, and interludes between the 'meat' of the songs. So, although there are only two tracks on this demo, it really feels more like a dozen or so 'mini' songs. Somehow though, this works out very well, and it never really seems like any one part is too short, or too long. However, on a full-length album, I don't feel that this would work... not for every song, at any rate. It would feel much too 'broken up', then.
Overall, this is a strong followup to the first demo. If I Drowned In A Stream Of Mourn (See? The band name really is a bit too long.) continue to improve this way (...and shorten their band name.), then we can certainly expect big things from them a few years from now. I, for one, am looking forward to it!
1. Emptying The Drawer Of Repulsion
2. Strangling The Truth
Duration : Approx. 20 minutes
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