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MÜL : Legia I Rebirth

This particular release seems to focus on different aspects of life and death in chronological order. The vocals are really hard to understand, but the music hints towards the lyrics not being particularly positive.

This is a rather chaotic album with many different influences. Unlike the early releases there isn't much drone, but instead there are funeral doom, darkwave, orchestral and progressive metal elements. A lot of progressive metal elements actually. To my great surprise there is also a section of calypso music. In other words, those who don't like a fair bit of experimenting probably shouldn't listen to this demo.

Despite the chaos, this is still a pretty slow and depressive doom/death release with tracks ranging from 10 to 20 minutes. But there is one exception. The track 'Lights On' lasts only 4 minutes and is a slightly balladic track done on acoustic guitar. It's far more positive than the rest of the music. It even has the sound of birds and children playing in it. If it didn't seem like it has an important part in the storyline, I'd have concluded that it should never have been put on a doom metal release.

This particular demo reminds me of a lot of different bands. The vocals, for example, remind me of the first Funeral release, 'Tristesse'. The rest of the music seems to have influences ranging from Anathema to Paul Chain's experimental works, to a slower Yngwie Malmsteen. An interesting release for a select taste.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Born
2. Lights On
3. Grow
4. Submerged
5. Lights Off

Duration : Approx. 60 minutes

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Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
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