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Mar de Grises : Mar de Grises

It hardly ever happens that we hear about a doom-metal act coming from another part of the world than Europe or North-America. Apparently, the doom scene in the rest of the world is close to non-existing. Though every now and then, a little spark arises from those dark dominions, as is the case with the Chilean band Mar de Grises, which means that, together with doomsters Poema Arcanus two Chilean bands try to breach out of the South-American boundaries, into the world-wide doom scene.

This demo has been recorded with the primitive means that are at the disposal of any underground band with limited funds. Nevertheless, the 5 members of this young and promising band managed to create four heavy and doomy tracks with a distinctive own style and a rather nice production, after not even a full year of playing together.

The band consists of two guitar players, backed by bass and drums, and a vocalist who also plays keyboards. The music varies from very quiet, atmospheric, frail and melodic stuff, to downright brutal doom. The keyboard lines (often just piano) are used in intro's and as addition to the guitar melodies, not taking an upfront stance as in many gothic-metal bands. But what I like most about this band, are the genius vocals. Marcelo sings (often like the vocalist from Officium Triste), whispers, screams, grunts (very much like those of Evoken), speaks, and all this fit exactly in the mood of the music: passionate, emotional, haunting. Two thumbs up for this band and what they are doing.

Mar de Grises are heavy, atmospheric and doom. We can only hope that someone working for a label will see the genius of this band and propose them a deal.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Storm
2. Recklessness
3. Mar de Grises
4. For Just an Eternity

Duration : Approx. 30 minutes

Visit the Mar de Grises bandpage.

Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Arnstein H. Pettersen
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