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Darius : Cl˘ture (EP)

Swiss Post-Metal band Darius put up a decent enough performance that falls short of leaving a lasting impression.

One might think of Czar of Revelations as the shy, slightly less well-known brother of Czar of Bullets. But that doesn't mean it's any less interesting. Home to the excellent Khaldera, and the fairly recently reviewed Krane, we come now to Swiss Instrumental Post-Rockers Darius, who are part of an eclectic roster of bands and released a short EP, called 'Cl˘ture', their sophomore effort, back in March of this year. Treading a safe path of genre-savvy Post-Rock/Metal, the Swiss outfit put up a decent enough performance but fall someway short of leaving a lasting impression.

As far as the music goes, 'Cl˘ture' doesn't do too badly in places but there's a healthy chunk of the EP where I found my attention wandering. That said, it was never long before I was wrapped up again in certain atmospheres as well as the grandeur of some of the tracks. The main issue I have is that none of the tracks are strong enough to keep you interested throughout. Parts of it are pretty engaging, but to these ears far too much of it isn't. Overall though, in terms of structure and poise, there's not much to moan about. Except... well, let's see. Godspeed You Black Emperor! have done all that moody, slow build up stuff far better in the past, and there are any number of Post-Metal outfits doing the chunky staccato riffing thing before dropping the volume to almost nothing. Where Darius do pick up some points however, is in how they weave all these components together. Fairly seamlessly, it has to be said.

It's a tricky one to score really. For every plus point there's something that holds it back from truly shining in its field. A major stumbling block is that there's nothing overtly idiosyncratic to compensate for the familiarity of much of the recording. Staying true to a genre, musically and stylistically, is rarely an issue for me providing what's coming out of the speakers has a decent enough ballsy quality about it, but unfortunately, here, the overly familiar sounds of the EP as a whole really isn't good enough in quality to warrant special mention or push Darius above the status of also-rans. One thing it does have going for it is its brevity. I don't mean that to be unkind, rather, that is to say, it's nicely structured, and doesn't outstay it's welcome. Despite having three guitarists, however, and given the musical evidence on offer here, I really don't see what else they could have done or where they could have taken it. It's ok, but it just doesn't have that all important something. Whatever that might be.

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Reviewer's rating: 6/10


Tracklist :
1. Glaucal
2. Charlotte
3. Pipistolet
4. Trace

Duration : Approx. 24 minutes

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Reviewed on 2018-12-02 by Matt Halsey
Aesthetic Death
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