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Review: Caedeous - Domini Tenebrarum
Domini Tenebrarum

Label: Independent
Year released: 2018
Duration: 42:04
Tracks: 7
Genre: Death Metal


Review online: July 11, 2018
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
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Rated 5/5 (100%) (4 Votes)

Well, this is at least trying to be different, but is almost completely misguided. This is branded as "symphonic extreme metal", but really there's way too much goth in this. The band starts with a decent base of symphonic metal not a zillion miles removed from Hollenthon or Septicflesh, but the guitars are too in the background, and are overproduced to the extreme. Vocals are mostly handled by the now-departed Rute, who has a nice soprano voice, but too often she is rasping or screeching in some kind of attempt to be "theatrical", and it's pretty unbearable when she does.

The music just kind of goes along, not doing anything too bad, but nothing really interesting. Rute's harsh vocals are okay, but like everything else are completely buried in filters and effects. When the band just plays they sound fine, if undistinguished, but they keep layering on overwrought narration, mumbling, wailing, and other bullshit that makes the whole thing a chore to deal with. You can skip this.

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