Reviewed: November 2012
Released: 2012, Indie Recording/Lupus Lounge/Prophecy
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
It was in 2009 when the black metal scene was shocked to see Hupogrammos and Sol Faur leaving the band Negura Bunget as they were a strong part of the groups sound and style but the two musicians founded a new band and they are getting some great reviews!
After releasing their debut single ‘Valea Omului’ in 2010 it was clear they were keeping to the same style as their previous band but still able to create their own individual path. It is now 2012 they have just released their debut album ‘Dar De Duh’ (Gift of/from the Spirit). Well to say this album was well anticipated would be a slight understatement, but I am pleased to say this is one release that was well worth waiting for!
Starting off with a dark and atmospheric sound it has a slow lyrical start before \’Hupogrammos\’ vocals and music hit you hard! Although it is Black Metal genre it also infuses ambience and elements of Romanian folklore aswell as progressive Rock. The vocals range goes from clean, to growls and typical black metal screaming…all which I love!
The concept of the album revolves around the members past with Negura Bunget as they continue the numerological concept that permeated on past albums but this album draws on several cultural and esoteric backgrounds to explore the number seven and its symbolism, primarily in terms of the seven levels of spiritual development and the old Romanian tradition of personifying the seven days of the week and relating them to the seven planets of classical astrology. In spite of this theoretical approach, Dordeduh put emphasis on the fact that their musical approach is first of all an intuitive one, rather than an intellectual or rational one.
There are a few tracks that stand out more than others, but each track is unique and flows perfectly into each other, showing the true talents of each member. Despite this being a heavy/aggressive/progressive album I found it to be also beautiful and filled with a great atmosphere and melodies throughout, which will relate to many, many metal fans out there!
There is nothing I can fault with this release…This isn’t just one album that needs to be heard, it’s one that needs to be felt as it’s truly amazing! Definitely one of the best releases of the year!
Review by Jo Blackened
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