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7.25/10 Avi
 

SURTR - Pulvis et Umbra - CD - Altsphere Production - 2013

review by: Avi Shaked

French trio Surtr delivers proficient doom metal numbers on Pulvis et Umbra, its second full length release.

The tempos are of the right proportions of being sluggish and of being driving, creating a heavy scenery that is also packed with incidents. There's hardly a dull moment here, as the songs are compound, evolving from one mammoth riff to the next, with the appropriate rhythmic twists to support the transition.

The dark, abandoned abbey motifs of Candlemass are successfully resurrected (church bell like cymbal chimes and all), and singer Jeff Maurer more than hints at Messiah Marcolin in his attitude and tones. While Maurer's vocals are not as impressive as Marcolin's, they are functional, ranging from clear, pathos filled singing (the main form they take), to occasional shrieks and even growls.

The nearly eight-minute closing piece, "Fred Karno's Army," is remarkable in its catastrophic buildup, and take notice of the bass playing here, which also boosts some of the other tracks with creative, little moves.

Pulvis et Umbra is unlikely to convert new followers to doom metal, but those who are already adherents of the genre will surely get their fix here. (7.25/10)

 

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