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Melisend : Demo 2005

These Dutchmen are melodic death metallers with more than one doom and black metal element. There are so many bands from the extreme metal categories who share this trait. Celtic Frost, Theatre of Tragedy and Opeth are amongst the more famous names which could be mentioned in connection with this. Melisend do not really stand aside from the crowd with a sound that doesn't lie too far from the average. Nonetheless, there are a few hints in the air that the band might still have the potential to rise from this first demo and do something of high quality. Then in particular it is the melodic parts that stand out the strongest.

The riffage is very traditional in a death metal sense. It has a certain blackish aura to it, but mostly, it's very classic. The double tap drum sections and harsh vocals also help to make this an old school experience. Again, it is the melodic sections which are the most interesting. Not only because they are the parts with the strongest doom metal content, but also because it is still somewhat original. Still, since there are no keyboards (with the exception of the intro), those who find that instrument to be a ruinator of otherwise good music will perhaps look kinder on their style.

My conclusion of this demo is that it's not all that bad as a first try, and time might yet bring more independent stuff from them. However, the demo is still nothing special and will only appeal to those who are already looking for this kind of music. In any case, I would also assume that most doom fans will find too little doom and too much other stuff in here to truly be satisfied.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Intro - The Crucifixion
2. Travel to Another World
3. The Shadow and the Light
4. Captivation in Perpetuity
5. Death to Life
6. Dreary Plodding
7. Pain and Blood

Duration : Approx. 35 minutes

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Reviewed on 17-01-2007 by Arnstein Petersen
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