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On disc: The Pathos Of Clytaemnestra

- Demo 2007 - Claudia Ehrhardt - 9 stars

Demo 2007

Demo 2007
(self-released - 2007)

The band was founded in 2005 in Hartford, Conneticut - and a look at the band name and the song titles show that they aren't the typical metal band. Especially as they offer melodic death metal! The quintet opens with A Reflection On The Absurd - remember Camus? - and soon it becomes obvious that not just the name is unusual! Beside the growls they use clean vocals, but it's the music which differs. They start with a fast riff and drum attack, but soon the guitar adds a catchy melody and builds a counterpart to the growls - later the clean vocals do the same. The clean vocals aren't aggressive... A bit solemn... majestic. Towards the end the vocals are a bit more black metal-like... Scolding. Breaks and technical parts show that these guys know how to play - some parts can be described as progressive... And so their sound is probably best described as technical death metal with progressive elements.
The second track is called Iphigenia - and another reference to Greek mythology - as Iphigenia is the daughter of Agammemnon and Clytaemnestra! Heavy and melodic, fast riffing and growls. The riffing seems to be influenced by traditional metal... Again the catchy guitar melody is up-front and stands up against the growls. Cool track! And same can be said about the following two tracks The Human Quest For Self Importance and The Death Throes Of Meaning - and even as a general description would say the same, the songs differ.
A very interesting band from Hartford is breaking genre boarders and presents some intelligent technical melodic death metal. Highly recommended! I hope to hear more from these guys!

9 stars

Claudia Ehrhardt


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