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Dream or Nightmare
Ever have one of those albums where you just don’t know what to say about it? That’s what this one is like for me. Yeah, it’s heavy, the band sounds fairly tight, and the riffs are OK, but something about it just doesn’t grab me. Nothing on this disc really reaches out and says “fucking listen to me!”. DoN plays a pretty straightforward brand of metal that’s not quite thrash, nor is it firmly “traditional” either. It’s a classic case of “a little from column A, a little from column B” syndrome.
“Begone and Be Damned” is the first song and it doesn’t really do much to draw me in. It’s a mid-paced song that’s just kinda there. Part of the problem (which plagues the rest of the disc) is Javier Colon’s vocals which aren’t really what you’d call melodic, being more in the gruff vein (though still not guttural or screamed). Not bad but not great either. He just isn’t expressive enough at this point. Another problem with the disc is the production. Considering that it’s a self-financed demo, the sound isn’t terrible, but it could definitely use improvement. All of the instruments are muddled together and the drums have no power whatsoever. Very distracting.
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