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Review: Haiduk - Exomancer

Label: Independent
Year released: 2018
Duration: 30:31
Tracks: 10
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 3/5

Review online: October 22, 2018
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating

Rated 4/5 (80%) (10 Votes)

One thing that is always interesting about one-man band Haiduk is that sole member Luka Milojica is always pushing his sound. Every Haiduk work sounds distinct from the others, and it is never a random change, but always a forceful, measured evolution from what has come before. The last album, 2015's Demonicon, was heavier, faster, and almost flirting with industrial sounds. This new one lightens the touch and goes for an almost progressive feel. There is none of the grinding, percussive heaviness of the previous disc here, just a lot of rather smooth, highly melodic tremolo chords and song structures that sometimes almost verge into jazz-fusion territory. I find this an easy listen, as it is well played and pleasing to the ear, but it lacks punch in either the recording or the compositions. The proggy elements are a bit annoying, and the whole album seems to lack shape and aggression. I applaud Luka for constantly pushing his boundaries, but I don't like this direction.

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