Released: 2013, The Path Less Traveled Records (US) / Drown Within Records (Italy)
Reviewer: Metal-Rules.com UK Team
Dementia Senex are one of those bands that keep you waiting. Formed in Italy in 2008, they released a five-track demo, SUN GOES DOWN BEHIND, in 2009, and then didn’t seem to do much… wait let us consult the biography… yep nothing until they became a band renewed, complete with a change in line-up, in 2012. And here we are with the EP HEARTWORM. As I said they keep you waiting.
Maybe it’s because Dementia Senex were learning that often-reached for, and often-failed at, art of melding genres. It seems they were pretty good students because HEARTWORM is a well baked cake of influences – post-metal, death metal, doom. In fact it’s roughly cut in those three ways with lengthy opener ‘Unscented Walls’ marrying pops of technicality with doomier riffage, whilst ‘Kairos’ takes the shorter, more immediately aggressive, modern death metal route. And Dementia Senex make a good job of each.
They manage to keep a few consistent elements that make this feel like a collection of works rather than separate experimentations, such as Cristian Franchini’s lightly growled vocals and the never-too-overstated guitarwork. ‘Heartworm’ itself is more thinky post-metal, heavy on the melody and yet not letting up on the heavy.
The question now is how long with Dementia Senex keep us hanging around for a full length release. They’ve certainly not been working at a rushed pace in the past, and they do say good things come to those who wait. So I guess we wait, and keep spinning HEARTWORM in the meantime.
Review by Kirsty Birkett-Stubbs.