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Bewailer : Where My Demise Dwells

Bewailer's debut album shows great creativity in structured songwriting and the ability to transfer their emotions through music.

Bewailer are a two piece Russian Death-Doom metal band. The music and lyrics are all about their struggles and they have excellently transferred this on to a musical platform. Ovfrost plays guitar, bass and vocals whilst Flammarius who contributes to the music with lyrics and spoken word. 'Where my Demise Dwells' is their debut album and it’s really well put together.

The very first song 'Thorngates' opens with elegant melodies and a real doomy presence. It’s a song full of promise and built on a solid foundation. This has a bit of everything in it and you can certainly see what inspires them to write such beautiful music. The emotion transcends wonderfully through the vocal growls and screams. This is the longest song at over eight minutes but sets the tone and atmosphere for the rest of the album. Ovfrost delivers a great performance here on vocals. Flammarius provides spoken words as well. The clean guitar work is mournful and carries the sad feeling of anguish and pain. After all these songs are written from within the very souls of these guys.

'Endless Fall' is a slow sweeping song with sombre female vocals that softly caress your inner self. The song makes you feel like you're sinking to the deepest depths of the ocean. We still have growls and whispers but I think the real winner is the introduction of female vocals by Evgenia Samsonova. 'Moonspires' is another dark song full of mystery. The music itself is again super with melodies that twist and turn. The band carries that melodic feel but still retain plenty of heaviness. There are more leads in this song with the use of softer scream like growls that are really effective. I have to say I absolutely enjoyed this track very much and the ending was perfectly enchanting.

'An Old Remembrance' is a heavier feel with big chunky riffs and some nice tempo changes. The spoken passages are well blended into the music and come in at exactly the right time. Strings and piano give us a peacefully dark moment only to be crushed by the torturous vocals. I really like the mix and overall production on this album.

'Silent Passenger' gently soothes us with a eerie piano melody that’s haunting and casts a spooky feeling. The drums are very reminiscent of My Dying Bride and accompanied again with the female vocals of Evgenia Samsonova are a nice change with some bass lines that catch your ear.

The last two tracks on this great album are 'Nocturnal Sacrifice' and 'Silver Lining'. They both have some great rhythms with acoustic guitars and piano. 'Silver Lining' is instrumental and maybe the weakest track on the album however it still has plenty to offer. I enjoyed the vocals on this album very much. The texture of the growls and screams are perfect, carrying a wide range of emotions that you can really relate to. The album comes in at around 47 minutes but it feels longer due to me having really fallen in love with it. These guys have shown some great creativity in structured songwriting and the ability to transfer their emotions through this album.

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Reviewer's rating: 8.5/10


Tracklist :
1. Thorngates
2. Endless Fall
3. Moonspires
4. An Old Remembrance
5. Silent Passenger
6. Nocturnal Sacrifice
7. Silver Lining

Duration : Approx. 47 minutes

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Reviewed on 2020-04-17 by Riccardo Veronese
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