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9.5/10 Ignacio
 

RIGOR SARDONICUS - Apocalypsis Damnare - CD - Paragon Records - 2005

review by: Ignacio Coluccio

A re-recording of Apocalypsis Damnare? Quite nice. That album had some serious production problems. Now with better production, you should be able to actually differentiate vocals and guitar, and listen to everything as it was intended to.

As crazy as it might seem, it's safe to say Rigor Sardonicous is a goregrind version of funeral doom. Downtuned guitar rhythms (that would be groovy if they were played faster), really weird programmed drum patterns, and of course: sick, pitch-shifted vocals.

Imagine a goregrind album at 60 bpm. Imagine your favorite Gut song at 50 clicks a minute; Mortician at 40. Any Good? Tricky question. Yes and no.

The Disembowelment influence is quite noticeable (it's weird how those guys always pop-up in funeral doom reviews, eh?) as well as the one from the Thergothon camp, but for the most part they have a really unique approach "raw apocalyptic doom," as they call it. It's quite repetitive, the drum programming sounds off-place sometimes, technically it's far below average... but it's still awesome. How? To be honest I don't know, but you just can't get bored listening to Apocalypsis Damnare.

If you like any grind stuff (specially the gore part), this might be the perfect gateway to doom, and you'll highly appreciate it. If you're more into the technical or majestic part of doom, you'll think it's horrible and untalented. Personally, I'd say it's brilliant. (9.5/10)

 

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