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Dordeduh – Har Award winner

by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 23 May 2021, 7:57 AM

DORDEHUH formed in Romania in 2009. The name translates into “longing for spirit” in English. They released an EP in 201 and their debut full-length in 2012, and now eleven long years have passed until the present their latest album, titled “Har.” The album contains eight tracks.

“Timpul întâilor” leads off the album. It’s a 12-minute beast. It opens with ominous tones along with some bell strikes. The main riff rolls in and I’m still not sure what will happen. Drums keep a steady pace. The vocals are clean at first, then turn harsh, sung in native Romanian. Some more ambient tones then come in, showcasing the band’s songwriting ability. It’s dark, but smooth, with audible bass notes. Coming towards the end, the darkness really develops. “În vieliștea uitării” begins with a slower pace and some keys mixed in with the weighted guitars and bass. Some melody develops as well. The vocals are harsh at first, and the atmospheric elements are wonderful. The clean vocals bring another dimension to the music. This is really quite inventive.

“Descânt” opens with heavy guitar accents and more of that ominous feeling. The vocals are clean at first, as the air thickens with anticipation. The subtle melodies really come through here, and I am reminded a bit of the genius of PAIN OF SALVATION. Harsh vocals make a brief appearance, but this song is pure beauty. “Calea magilor” is a short three-minutes. It’s a bit of an odd track, with accents in the guitars and vocals. The drums are mostly rolling tom strikes, done in rhythm with the vocals. “Vraci de nord” is an eleven-minute opus. It begins with some tense tones. Clean, smooth vocals lead to dark, harsh utterances. Smooth melodies return approaching the mid-way mark. The positive tones of the song are shoved aside by the aggressive vocals. But, in the end, light wins over darkness. The ending sequence is particularly charming.

“Desfercat” is darker and more dangerous out of the gate. The clean vocals don’t temper much of the harsh and gloomy tone here. Suddenly, the grey skies open and light pours down from above the clouds. It’s breathtaking. But the skies grey again headed towards the finish line. “De neam vergur” is the last of the lengthy tracks. When the riff gets going, it’s quite jovial. At the four-minute mark, an emotional guitar solo ushers in some heavier and darker tones. The sound does a 180 at the six-minute mark, with a completely different pattern developing. It finishes with rage and anger.

“Văznesit” closes the album. It’s a short two-and-a-half minutes of smooth but melancholy tones. One thing that the band is quite good at is allowing the sound to develop slowly. Throughout the album, there is a constant push and pull between harsh passages and clean, smooth, melodic ones. The way they balance them is the key to the winning sound. Sometimes you feel alone on a boat in stormy seas, while other times you feel the warm sun on your back while the waters are tranquil. Allow yourself to be swept away in moments of utter grace and refinement…you won’t regret it.

Songwriting: 9
Musicianship: 9
Memorability: 9
Production: 9

4 Star Rating

1. Timpul întâilor
2. În vieliștea uitării
3. Descânt
4. Calea magilor
5. Vraci de nord
6. Desferecat
7. De neam vergur
8. Văznesit
Flavius Misarăș – Bass, Vocals (Backing)
Hupogrammo – Vocals (Lead), Guitars, Keyboards, Hammered Dulcimer, Mandola, Toacă, Tulnic, Percussion
Putrid – Drums, Percussion, Toacă (2016-present)
Record Label: Prophecy Productions


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