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Oktor : Another Dimension Of Pain

Oktor conveys a style that will potentially appeal to fans of Funeral Doom, Death Doom and Gothic Doom alike.

Hailing from Warsaw, Poland, Oktor is a 3-piece, self-proclaimed Funeral Doom band formed in 2003. Although the band has been around for over a decade and have an EP and a split under their belts, it wasn't until late 2014 that their debut full-length, 'Another Dimension Of Pain' would see the light of day. And it seems well worth the wait, as it was released on the prominent Doom label, Solitude Productions. In fact, I find it quite a challenge to come across a genuinely atrocious delivery from said label, and Oktor does a fine job upholding the Solitude legacy.

The album artwork depicts a man gripping his head in agony as numerous thorny branches erupt from the top of his skull. This sort of dark imagery not only does justice to the title, 'Another Dimension Of Pain', it also gives an accurate visual interpretation of what is to be expected aurally. Of the eight songs at hand, four of them are short piano interludes that precede each full track. Each interlude takes as its name one word from the album's title, and although it may seem silly to have a song called 'Of', it is indeed an interesting concept.

One might prefer to call this an EP considering it is in reality four songs with separate intros. Despite this fact, the album boasts three songs that are over ten minutes long and tops out at nearly an hour. The final track, 'Undone' is just over four minutes in length, but is probably the prettiest song on the album. The keyboard intro (not including the 'Pain' interlude) has an almost lullaby sort of feel to it, followed by soothing vocals reminiscent of more Gothic Doom bands like The Foreshadowing or Novembre.

While the album does lack the usual 50-60 bpm drum beats and minimalist approach prevalent in a lot of Funeral Doom output, it is rich with mournful keyboards and guttural vocals. There is even a guest appearance by none other than Matti Tilaeus of the mighty Skepticism. It should also be noted that the band does a fairly decent cover of the Skepticism classic, 'The Organium' which can be found on their previous compilation, 'All Gone In Moments'.

It's refreshing to hear such a powerful debut full-length from a Polish Doom band when so many of the more well-known acts reside in Scandinavian or Eastern European countries. All genre disputes aside, Oktor conveys a style that will potentially appeal to fans of Funeral Doom, Death Doom and Gothic Doom alike. If you are looking for a band that delivers sound waves of sweet suffering, I highly suggest entering 'Another Dimension Of Pain'.

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Reviewer's rating: 8/10


Tracklist :
1. Another
2. Conscious Somatoform Paradise
3. Dimension
4. Mental Paralysis
5. Of
6. Hemiparesis Of The Soul
7. Pain
8. Undone

Duration : Approx. 55 minutes

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Reviewed on 2015-04-07 by Chris Hood
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