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Faustus – Memorium

by Dave "That Metal Guy" Campbell at 03 November 2022, 2:28 AM

Unfortunately, this was an independent release, and the EPK came to me with no biographical information at all. To boot, The Metal Archives does not have an entry for them. So, we are going to have to let the music do the talking here. “Memorium” contains eleven songs, and “Deprived of liberty” is the first. Heavy, rapid accents open the song, followed by a long scream. The base of the song is very weighted, and there are also some ghostly elements backing the vocals. The drummer works is unison with the rhythms through some structural shifts.

“Anhedonia” is another brutal, and punishing offering. The band again shifts through some meter changes pretty adeptly, flexing their muscles, and the song develops a “groove” at some points along the way. “Existence, Death” opens with some swirling leads, wrapping around the tight rhythms with a finespun thread that won’t break. There is also a nice combination of heavy, Djent accents with some ghastly ethereal elements. “The Creation of what’s called Hell” is another rager with staccato accents but also some breathable moments. It slows after the half-way mark, stepping gingerly with light feet, before the rage returns

“Sleep” is yet another song with a similar sound. I like the sound, but if they don’t get some variation going, it’s going to become repetitive pretty quickly. “Tempus” at least has a different, slower pace in it, but the band still works the open E chord pretty hard on the album. This can be looked at a safe bet for many bands, but I always say to challenge yourself so that you are different than your peers, because there are plenty of brutal albums out there. “Obscurity” is a shorter song but no less intense in terms of the impact of the accents. Those backing ethereal elements really help to round out the sound, and the lead passages are right on key.

“From the Beginning to the End” is another song with groovy accents along with some pig squeals. Darkness rolls into the background like a pestilence upon humanity. Again, the backing elements reinforce the sturdy structure of the song. It segues into “XI” to close the album. Smooth but dark tones are featured here. As touted on Bandcamp, this was an uncompromising album from start to finish, save for the delicate tones of the short closer. The band’s musicianship is excellent, but some of the songs have a very similar sound to them. Given that they have this ingredient as well as the production down pat, I would focus on the songwriting from here and try to provide some expansion of their sound for the next release.

Songwriting: 6
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 6
Production: 8

3 Star Rating

1. Deprived of liberty
2. Psychogenic
3. Anhedonia
4. Existence, Death
5. The Creation of what's called Hell
6. Architect of Ruin
7. Sleep
8. Tempus
9. Obscurity
10. From the Beginning to the End
11. XI
Record Label: Independent


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Edited 31 January 2023

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