|Review: On the Edge of the NetherRealm - Different Realms|
Label: BadMoodMan Music
Year released: 2010
Review online: May 1, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Rated 3.4/5 (68%) (5 Votes)
This is a Russian band with an unwieldy name and an equally unwieldy style. There is an essential hurdle in making Doom/Death in that you are melding two styles that are not inherently compatible. It would seem easy to blend them on the surface of it, but in fact it is not that easy to do well. This band does it a bit better than average but not that well either, not well enough to forge a unified sound out of it. You have slow Doom parts and then harsh Death parts, and they fight with each other and detract from the overall music. On The Edge of the NetherRealm do the Doom thing really well, and their slower, melodic passages are where they shine. The harsh vocals and galloping Death riffs just distract from the sometimes beautiful piano pieces and arresting Doom riffing. This is not bad, and hardcore fans of the style may really like it, but it remains disjointed and awkward.
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