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Review: Heathendom - The Symbolist
The Symbolist

Label: Metal on Metal Records
Year released: 2011
Duration: 53:15
Tracks: 10
Genre: Heavy Metal

Rating: 4/5

Review online: April 15, 2011
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Readers Rating
The Symbolist

Rated 4.23/5 (84.62%) (13 Votes)

This is a Greek band I have heard of, but never heard until I got this promo from Metal On Metal - a kickass label that releases a lot of Trad and Doom-flavored metal. Heathendom sound like they would be doomy, but instead they are a rather unique breed of Heavy Metal.

Heathendom have a very heavy and complex riff-style, making the songwriting here very dense and almost proggy in places, although they have none of the masturbatory impulses of prog. This is just straight up Heavy Metal with complicated songwriting and an epic edge to it. It really takes some time to get into this properly, as the songs are multipart and very dense, without big choruses or accessible riffs to hang onto. I enjoy this album, but it is pretty cerebral, and the compositions are often a little baggy. This band obviously has the stuff to make a masterwork, but they need slightly more coherence before they can do that. A unique band and one to watch.

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