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Review: Vecordious - Reminiscence

Label: Independent
Year released: 2010
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: July 3, 2010
Reviewed by: Pagan Shadow
Readers Rating

Rated 5/5 (100%) (1 Vote)

I love the cover art of this EP; kind of reminiscent to great horror/demonic type of movies. Having no live drummer, but with some material already written, Vecordious used a drum machine for the recording. The result is very professional though and the drum machines are well done, so the overall product is a top notch demo.

The music on this demo is of a black metal nature, with that own Norwegian touch of originality. Reminiscence is both melodic and adventurous. The tempo is not always set to the fastest mode and the guitar work is crunchy as well as harmonious. Melodic and subtle arpeggios and leads make for a nuanced playing, well appreciated here. The vocals are of a deep raspy style, often backed by clean tones. This is where the adventurous edge takes its reference to a more adventurous act like Arcturus for example. Opening and closing tracks "Lunar Serenade" and "Anthropomancy" are my favorite compositions. The first one has plenty of great elements such as: string instrument, juicy riffs, arpeggios and the dual vocals. The closer has a wicked mid-slow tempo in the intro and at the end, where distorted arpeggios come into play to juice it all up. I would have preferred a progression from mid to mid-fast instead of mid to fast tempo in that last one, nonetheless it is a great track.

None of those four compositions are even slightly bad, so don't be afraid to grab a copy of Reminiscence if you have a chance.

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