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Review: Feu Gregeois - Francorum Regnum Hierosolymorum
Feu Gregeois
Francorum Regnum Hierosolymorum

Label: Independent
Year released: 2007
Duration: 19:07
Tracks: 5
Genre: Black/Death


Review online: March 10, 2008
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
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Rated 4/5 (80%) (11 Votes)

"Wow — this is a demo?" I said to myself upon hearing the classy opening instrumental of Feu Gregeois's 2nd demo. Sounding like one of those bombastic symphonic pieces Dimmu Borgir pay through the nose for an orchestra to record, this starts of with a slap to the face I really wasn't expecting. Once the actual guitar-based music comes into the fray on "Hiervsalem", you can certainly believe it's a demo however, by the slightly flat guitar sound compared to the luxurious symphonies that sweep you into an early rapture.

The meat of this demo shows some pretty sterling Bal Sagoth worship, with proudly spoken oratory work in the aforementioned track, making way to a evil Black Metal hiss once the song truly kicks into gear. The melodies occasionally stray into a more 'meat and potatoes' version of the latter-day Therion eastern style, which adds to the overall powerful sound of the demo, especially when accompanied with the sophisticated lyrics that are based around the crusades which took place between 1095 and 1291, mixing in French, English and Latin languages to great effect.

This demo is filled with an epic medieval feeling (mainly thanks to the impressive synthesizer work that layers just about everything) which is impressive to say the least when you take into consideration once again that this is a self-released demo. Certainly a band to keep an eye on in the future judging by this early level of professionalism and ability.

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