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Tetramorphe Impure – Dead Hopes/The Last Chains

Tetramorphe Impure
Dead Hopes/The Last Chains
by Justin "Witty City" Wittenmeier at 17 May 2021, 6:41 AM

TETRAMORPHE IMPURE is an Italian death/doom band who formed in 2006.  They have released a demo and a split, in addition to this new release.  It is actually a one man project from Damien, who has played with MORTUARY DRAPE and others. Apparently this album is a combination of the “Dead Hopes” EP and a demo called “The Last Chains.”  The first two tracks are from the former while the others are from the latter.

There isn’t any part of this album that blows me away nor are there any parts that really have much of a wow factor…but it is still a solid death/doom album.  Despite being a compilation of two different release, the tracks flow together pretty well and it feels like a full length album. I found it interesting how often they mix cleaner guitar tones with the well known disruptive distortion of doom.  The tones tend to be the way the songs are built up, each portion of song built off these long intros.  As a whole, the band definitely has a lot of funereal doom to their sound although I don’t find it quite as cavernous as some.

The first track, “Deception,” actually sounds hypnotic and somewhat spacey in the first couple minutes of the track.   It is an effective build up that begins to get heavy around the 3:30 mark.  Here, the guitars still hang back somewhat but the excellent and loud death growls grab the attention. Slight hings of melody and spoken word permeate in the song’s mid section but the drums and vocals get more intense as the song crawls ever forward.

Dead Hopes,” starts as the previous track begins. This one gathers the intensity sooner but still has that slow mowing, lumbering effect, with this track having more of a funereal vibe.  Around the 9:48 mark, some of the best riffs appear and they go great with the drums, which double down the heavy factor quite a bit here.

The Last Chains” is definitely a more direct track with some sweet, sweet doom riffs that evoke approaching terror.  This song in particular uses clean guitar with the riffs to a very effective level, making this one my favorite song on the album.  The drums compliment the overall atmosphere as well.  I found this one to be Gothic in nature especially the mid section with those thick but somber riffs. The final track is “Eternal Procession,” and the overall feel of the song is creepy yet methodical.  The guitar rides high upon the foundation laid by the bass and drums around the 5:30 mark for one of the more denser and darker set pieces on the album.

It may not be very exciting but, all in all, this is a solid death/doom album that will please fans of the style.

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

3 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. Deception
2. Dead Hopes
3. The Last Chains
4. Eternal Procession
Lineup:
Damien – All Instruments, Vocals
Record Label: Solitude Productions
     


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