|Review: Nosce Tiepsum - Demos MMII|
Year released: 2002
Genre: Death Metal
Review online: March 29, 2003
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
This CD is pretty difficult to review - it is a collection of demo material and some live tracks, and unsurprisingly this little gathering lacks coherence when taken as a whole. There are, however, quite a few good tracks among the 13 presented here, including a cover of Iron Maiden's "The Prophecy" (from 7th Son.) It's always weird to hear a Maiden song performed with non-clean vocals, but this is a hell of a lot better than the "Hallowed Be Thy Name" cover by Crap of Filth. Anyway, Nosce Tiepsum are from Tasmania, Australia and their music can best be described as death/doom with some occasional grind thrown in. The vocals vary for deep guttural growls (the type I usually call "puking-your-breakfast-vocals") to more stomachable lighter growls with some black-ish raspy vocals too - in other words, while one may not like the vocals on a particular song, it's entirely possible to love the ones on the next song - remember, this is a collection of demo, and there's a lot of variety both vocally and musically, so anyone who can stand non-clean vocals has a chance of finding at least a couple of songs to their liking here. The sound quality also varies, overall pretty good with a couple of lesser quality songs, but nothing I would file under "suck" - this is a pretty good band. A good display of the band's capabilities, and I would like to see them release a real, more focused full-length album. In the meantime, this demo gives a good idea of what they can accomplish.
It's a shame that in this day and age -at least at the time of writing- the band has no web presence whatsoever. They can be contacted by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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