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Review: Demontuary - Of The Fallen Years
Of The Fallen Years

Label: Heaven and Hell Records
Year released: 2010
Tracks: 13
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 3/5

Review online: November 9, 2010
Reviewed by: Bruce Dragonchaser
Readers Rating
Of The Fallen Years

Rated 4/5 (80%) (10 Votes)

Not a lot of information could be found on these guys at the time of writing, but they seem to have got a small buzz going about their debut full-length, Of The Fallen Years, which sees the American Black Metallers joining ranks with the symphonic crowd that are still clinging to Emperor's coattails. Yes, what you get here is an album of decent melodic Black Metal in the Dark Fortress, Old Man's Child, and of course Emperor vein, with a splashing of old Dimmu and even Rotting Christ thrown in there as well. There's nothing here you haven't heard before – it's all fierce blasting under crystalline synths, riff-heavy verses with a shit load of trem-picking, and, naturally, barked vocal croaks (which frontman Crom handles ably, as it happens). There's nothing bad about this; on the contrary, tracks such as "Thou Art The Flame" show how well informed Demontuary are. It's just uninspiring re-hashing, is all.

That said, there are some good melodic leads here, and even a surplus of solos (comfortably-played ones at that). I can't help but feel if Demontuary siphoned some external elements into their sound (say from the Prog-Power scene, perhaps) their sound would become a lot more flexible (and interesting!). Still, it doesn't help that they have a cover most Death Metal bands would envy.

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