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Review: Withered - Dualitas

Label: Prosthetic Records
Year released: 2010
Duration: 42:42
Tracks: 8
Genre: Black Metal

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: November 14, 2010
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating

Rated 3.43/5 (68.57%) (7 Votes)

Just like with its predecessor Folie Circulaire, Dualitas is not easy to categorize. This is kind of a multiple-personality trip in Black, Death and stoner-thinged Doom Metal. This goes from slow and repetitive drone-like atmospheric Black Metal, all the way to fast Black Metal and then back again. The only constant on Dualitas is the bleak, depressive atmosphere: there's no escaping it. It's there from beginning to end and just won't let go, grabbing the listener in a web of crushingly heavy depression.

The vocals are a mix of Black Metal screams and Death Metal growls that are rather low in the mix, adding to the dark and mysterious vibe of the album. Tracks such as "Interlude" and "Outro" and basically just somewhat repetitive "noise", though they too contribute to the mindfuck aspect of the album. By far my favourite parts are the circa 2000-style Black Metal songs that successfully marry rawness and melody, and even have their headbangable moments. This is one of those albums that requires multiple listens to sink in and really appreciate, uncovering something new that you missed the first time. Good stuff from a band that seems to be overlooked by many.

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