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Wreck of the Hesperus : Terminal Dirge

The band's name seems to be influenced by the poem The Wreck of the Hesperus, which was written in 1839 by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The poem is based on the tale of the schooner (a type of sailing ship with two or more masts) called Hesperus which was shipwrecked on the reef of Norman's Woe.

This Irish band play quite an unusual combination of doom. The first and second track are heavily influenced by stoner. The third one is influenced by sludge/doom or traditional doom, it's rather hard to tell just which one it is. Possibly both of them. At least the vokills are clearly core-influenced. Industrial elements, spoken sections and noise aren't uncommon in the music either.

The fourth track is even stranger. It's definitely the one with the most funeral doom in it. The most interesting parts are the drum & bass sections with the church choirs. And I'm talking the real deal with Latin hymns to God. To top it off there is this massive church organ which gives the music a very majestic feeling from time to time.

The lyrics of the fourth track are very interesting as well. They focus on a second war between the Heavens and Hell. The first one was the one where Satan was first banished to Hell. The spoken words by a sweet female voice at the end of the track pretty much clear up who wins: "I hope you rot down there!" Then there is the sound of a trapdoor shutting...

The whole demo is out for free on http://www.final-experiment.net/wreck. [edit by author: That page no longer exist and nor does the download. However, you can still listen to their music on their MySpace page.] If you're interested in hearing something out of the ordinary, then you should really hear these guys. But do note that you should be open minded while listening to this. After all, it's far from your average funeral doom band.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Inheritance
2. Doomed Ones
3. Ignaminious Descent
4. Prolix

Duration : Approx. 33 minutes.

Visit the Wreck of the Hesperus bandpage.

Reviewed on 09-02-2006 by Arnstein Petersen
Thermal Mass
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