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Review: Poema Arcanvs - Stardust Solitude
Poema Arcanvs
Stardust Solitude

Label: Transcending Obscurity Records
Year released: 2020
Duration: 56:17
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom/Death

Rating: 2/5

Review online: July 28, 2020
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Stardust Solitude

Rated 3.33/5 (66.67%) (3 Votes)

It's been a long time since I heard this band—all the way since their Telluric Manifesto album in 2006—and I was curious to see how they were coming along. This band is very much a product of the Chilean Doom scene, and they have been plugging away in the underground for a long time now, cranking out six full-lengths and some compilations along the way. You would think, with all this experience, that they would be great, but they are not.

As always, this band is a mix of heavy, aggressive riffs and vocals and softer, more melodic stylings, but this time neither of them is any good. For one, the production is terrible, with a flat, uninteresting guitar sound and awful drums that sound like cardboard boxes. The prime place in the mix is reserved for vocalist Claudio Garcia, except he sucks. His harsh vocals are flat and dull, and his clean singing—the predominant style on this album—is not any better than it ever was. It is astonishing how he has not improved at all in the last 14 years, burdening the music with his tuneless, sotto-voiced meanderings. His vocals have no sense of meter or timing, and so he is just kind of muttering over the uninspired music without any kind of structure. It is very obvious he wishes he were Aaron Stainthorpe, and equally obvious that he is well shy of even that low bar of quality. Even after all these years, Poema Arcanvs are not worth your time.

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