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Destroyer of Light : Destroyer of Light

Destroyer Of Light play what can best be described as southern flavoured traditional Doom with occasional fits of Doom Death.

May the power of the riff compel you, indeed!

Destroyer Of Light are a four piece from Austin, Texas (one of the cooler cities from that state. Sorry Dallas), and this demo is their first. I'm sure you're expecting some stoner, or perhaps sludge but surprisingly, what we have here can best be described as southern flavoured traditional doom with occasional fits of doom/death.

The doom/death really seems most obvious when the growled vocals kick in (usually towards the end of a song). Even though I'm somewhat of a purist for clean vocals, these growls are done really well, and I'd be lying if I said they didn't fit the music. Besides that, I'm feeling a mix of Crowbar, Down, and some more unexpected stuff, such as hints of early Cathedral, and even Solitude Aeturnus.

So how are the clean vocals? Personally, I like them. I like them a lot. However, I will not pretend that they aren't flawed. Mind you, growls are an easy out when you're not a strong vocalist, or when you just don't have the balls to sing clean. In this respect, I have nothing but praise for Destroyer Of Light and their decision to not only use clean vocals, but to use them effectively, and to not bury them in the mix to hide said flaws.

For a first demo, the vocals are great. They have lots of potential and, to me at least, feel like they will be one of those acquired tastes (think Solstice's last proper album, "New Dark Age", or even Pallbearer's "Sorrow and Extinction" and you'll know what I mean) that not everyone can like, but most can agree that they help, rather than hinder, the music.

...and the music is great. These are officially some awesome riffs, and 'Coffin Hunter' might just be my favourite song yet. There's a bit of formula to them:

- start each song with EYEHATEGOD style feedback
- follow into a Sleep/Electric Wizard-style riff
- turn that into a swamp soaked, then desert dried mix of St. Vitus and Candlemass
- finally, end with a big heap of Crowbar and Autopsy
- for extra flavour: sprinkle liberally with growls and more feedback

That, by the way, is a compliment, and so is this: most of 5th track, 'The Swamp' sounds like what I imagine Mercyful Fate would be if King Diamond dropped from so much countertenor and did more baritone.

So, overall, I can think of many, many worse ways for a new band to plunge their feet into the ocean of doom metal (Ugh, did I really just write such a horrid metaphor?). Destroyer Of Light shows promise, and lots of it. Until we hear some more, dear listener, let's at least make a deal: you look past the acquired taste that are the clean vocals, and I'll look past the growled parts. This way, we can all enjoy this demo.

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Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Greet Death
2. The Virgin
3. So Divided
4. Coffin Hunter
5. The Swap
6. Asteroid

Duration : Approx. 31 minutes

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Reviewed on 2012-07-13 by Matt Zuchowski
Aesthetic Death
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