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Dona Eis Requiem : The Litanies of the Quietus

The biggest gripe about Dona Eis Requiem's first full-length lies somewhere between the interludes and the awful production.

I imagine there is a list out there of how to make a cult death/doom album. I also imagine this list to be in point form, and look somewhat like this:

1. Make sure your production is crap
2. Atmosphere is very important
3. Learn to do one thing, and do it well
4. Songs should be cohesive: don't fuck around
5. Proper execution is key

When it comes to 'The Litanies Of The Quietus', it seems as if Dona Eis Requiem stopped reading the list somewhere after the second, and certainly before the fourth point.

My biggest gripe about this album lies somewhere between the interludes and the awful production. Now, bad production isn't always a deal breaker (I can listen to Thergothon with much gusto, thank you!), but here, it seems to make everything fall pretty flat. All that time spent building up an admittedly great atmosphere is completely ruined by the wimpy guitar.

The interludes: you can take them or leave them. I'll leave them. They're all horrible; except for 'Sanctifying Solitude', which is a nice piano piece. It's a decent enough break between songs (and gives me an urge to play through some Castlevania again--the good, 2D stuff, not that... other crap), but at the same time, it doesn't quite fit with the rest of the album.

So what does Dona Eis Requiem sound like? I'd put the style and execution of this album at somewhere between early 90s My Dying Bride with a mix of Bethlehem. The slow parts on some of the songs (especially the later ones) are rather well done, though they would be much, much better if the guitar riffs were layered. The faster stuff runs the gamut from 'decent death metal' to 'horrible cacophony' and it seems to be all over the place.

If you're willing to dig for gold, then you'll find some here. However, with 'The Litanies Of The Quietus', you can expect mostly flakes, with only the occasional nugget.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Him
2. Flagellum Remedium
3. Lamentations Of A Fallen Angel
4. Sanctifying Solitude
5. Children Of The Poisoned Womb
6. The Psalm Of Living
7. The Litany Of The Quietus

Duration : Approx. 58 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-06-11 by Matt Zuchowski
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