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The Dark Alamorté - Lunacrium Thepsis

The Dark Alamorté
Lunacrium Thepsis
by "Metal Mark" Garcia at 28 July 2022, 5:36 AM

As Death Metal evolved from an early mix between early Black Metal influences (namely VENOM), Thrash Metal in the vein of SLAYER, and Hardcore/Crossover (one good name to be said is D.R.I.), things became more clear and conceptions were defined (the disgusting mania of labeling ‘this form is this’, that form is that’ and all the kinds of fucks like these). It’s best sometimes is to allow yourself to hear and taste, and to never trust words. This could be a good way to deal with “Lunacrium Thepsis”, of the North American quartet THE DARK ALAMORTÉ.

The band’s music can be described as a form of Death Metal in the old ways, but filled with somber influences of Doom Death Metal (especially from the days when albums as “Gothic”, “Serenades” and “As the Flower Withers” were released and laid the foundations of the genre) with some dark influences of Blackened Death Metal and even some traces of Deathcore. It’s slow (but not all the time), bitter and brutal, but full of that funereal ambiences (reinforced due the use of morbid keyboards parts), but using a personal insight on the genre. It’s really full of energy and nasty, but somber and introspective in many moments as well. The sonority is somewhat raw and nasty, invoking the old aesthetics of the past that reinforces the funereal feeling of the songs. It’s not hard to understand what the band expresses on the songs, but such combination could be done in a better way (a tip for the future, especially on the instrumental tunes).

Expect some contrasts between brutal fast parts with melancholic funereal moments, in an experience that’s worthy to be taken. And one bit on songs as “Cast into Froth” and “Gowns of Undying Light” (both filled with brutal and nasty in many moments, a classic Death Metal song, full of energy, and the keyboards are the morbid touch necessary in many moments), “Vongrimson Burrows” (on this one the classic Doom Death Metal appeal is clear, along with some modern Death Metal parts, and some technical parts can be heard, along with an oppressive set of rhythms created by bass guitar and drums), “Tempest Barren Furor” (another one where the melancholic and somber feeling of old Doom Death Metal days is clear in some moments, plenty of massive and nasty guitar riffs), “Infernal Judgment” and “Ungiving Sorrow” (a set of classic Death Metal song filled with aggressiveness and brutality in the 90’s way, with good grunts filling the spaces), “Fearfeeder” (some Thrash Metal-like touches are clear on the guitars), and on the long “Lunacrium Thepsis” will state that these words are true.

One can say that “Lunacrium Thepsis” isn’t bringing something new, but the work of THE DARK ALAMORTÉ is really good and honest. Taste it.

Songwriting: 8
Musicianship: 8
Memorability: 8
Production: 7

4 Star Rating

Tracklist:
1. The Inner Quiet
2. Cast into Froth
3. Gowns of Undying Light
4. Vongrimson Burrows
5. A Loathing Tomb
6. Glasshaven
7. Tempest Barren Furor
8. Inmergo Dominium
9. Antediluvian Revelation
10. Infernal Judgment
11. Ungiving Sorrow
12. Tusk in the Abyss
13. Fearfeeder
14. Scourge of Fire
15. Lunacrium Thepsis
Lineup:
Josh “Von” Franco - Vocals, Bass
Manny “Bloodtyr” Calvillo - Drums, Percussion
Jacob “Orchestrator” Zavala - Guitars, Backing Vocals
James Carey - Keyboards, Orchestration on “Glasshaven” (session)
Record Label: Unique Leader Records
     


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