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Dead Pages

by Di Mortales

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H.L. Depressive and epic doom death is DI MORTALES' métier. Although they are from Russia, you would expect them to be from Finland. Think of Swallow the Sun, Rapture or early Ghost Brigade and you are on the right track.
In contrast to the mentioned bands DI MORTALES stay consequently on the hard side in the matter of vocals, means sinister growling.
Instrumentally the variety is much bigger: Mighty doom parts, melancholic guitar lines and some spheric elements are merged convincingly. Favorite track: Ghost.
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Most of Russia's metal scene is located in the westernmost part of the country. It's located in cities like Moscow, St. Petersburg, and Tula. However, I managed to find a band from Murmansk which is located far to the north close to Finland and the Arctic Sea. Their name is Di Mortales. They're a doom/death band that formed in 2010 and released their full-length debut Dead Pages five years later.

The Russians definitely know how to make doom/death that has a rich atmosphere. The production is clean but not so clean that it ends up becoming sterile. It still features a great deal of heaviness. The drums are played by Konstantin Chuykin. He plays a lot of slow and plodding beats that feature a really powerful snare. It makes you feel like you're trudging through deep arctic snowbanks. Sometimes he picks up the pace slightly and throws in some pounding toms. The bass is played by Vyacheslav Gromov. Although he mainly follows the guitars, he still makes the music sound really heavy.

The vocalist is Denis Ignatkin. His growls are hoarse yet filled with great anger. His performance feels like a lone wanderer calling out in the frozen wastes, trying to find a virtuous man in a world full of depravity. The guitars are played by both Denis Ignatkin and Sayman Bass. I thought Sayman Bass would be the type of person to play the bass, but whatever. The guitars are still the best part of this album. They play a few mid-paced shredding riffs that feature a low, dark tone, and sometimes they play some crushing chugs. What really makes the guitars special is that they play a lot of slow, high-pitched riffs that feature an incredible level of grace and melody. These riffs make the music profoundly emotional. They exude loneliness and sorrow. They almost reminds me of Forest of Shadows.

However, there is one major problem with this album, namely their heavy focus on non-metal passages that feature a great deal of acoustic guitars. Don't get me wrong, non-metal elements are fine in small doses, but if you include too many non-metal passages then you end up diluting the actual metal passages and as a result you end up becoming like Deafheaven. I hate Deafheaven, and I don't want this band to be like them. Other than that, this album was great. It's really heavy but it's also filled with emotion.

Servile Insurrection


released August 8, 2015



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