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Review: Dark Mass - Dark Mass Medium
Dark Mass
Dark Mass Medium

Label: Independent
Year released: 2004
Duration: 28:46
Tracks: 7
Genre: Progressive Metal

Rating: 3.75/5

Review online: November 15, 2010
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
Dark Mass Medium

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

This demo was released in 2004, so I have no frigging idea why it is in my mailbox now. I am generally suspicious of Prog, as too often it is just a bunch of technical workouts pretending to be music, but I actually like this pretty well. Dark Mass have no singer, rather choosing to focus on writing good tunes without having someone yelp all over them. Usually this is a sign of a band who are too spastic to write music you could sing to, but Dark Mass seem to have a real songwriting ethos beyond just "more", and these songs have tension, build, and resolution, like songs are supposed to. Surprisingly heavy, refreshingly wank-free, and with performances in the service to the compositions rather than the other way around, Dark Mass show more promise than most of the prog promos I get, and I hope this is not the only thing they ever record.

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