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Pandemoniums Ocean
January 2018
Released: 2017, Black Market Metal
Rating: 3.5/5
Reviewer: UK Team

After a slew of ice cold EPs Xaemora unleash upon us their debut full length. A grim and pitiless affair, it blasts and tears and leaves you a gibbering wreck on the floor.

The Album begins with "Beneath Frozen Tombs", a gnarly, keyboard swathed maelstrom, hampered somewhat by its stop-start approach which makes it seem a little disjointed. A solid yet unremarkable beginning. Next up is "MSB", a grinding, punishing cataclysm, and is more atmospheric than the previous track. Following this is the charmingly titled "Wrist Slitter" - every bit is as downcast and brooding as the title suggests. It is also heavier than a Wookiee's dinner plate, and benefits from a slower, less chaotic structure.

The title track is an old school Thrash standard set to a backdrop of cinematic keyboards, and is almost majestic in places. The same can also be said for "Lament". "Elegy", on the other hand is a lead guita led sojourn. The riffing, when it speeds up is quite spacey (not Kevin). Elegant stuff. Proceedings are rounded off with "Altars", a rumbling, bitter tune augmented by some delightfully NOBHM lead guitar.

This is quite a varied album. At first it fools the listerner into thinking it is going to be a yawnsome speed fest, but it actually turns out to be pretty varied, with some inspired keyboards and lead guitar. Very nearly very good.

Review by Owen Thompson
Track Listing

1. Beneath Frozen Tombs
2. MSB
3. Wrist Slitter
4. Pandemoniums Ocean
5. Lament
6. Elegy
7. Altars


Deyanira - Keyboards
Dreathus - Vocals/Guitars
Hartväig - Guitars
Vltir Sarnat - Bass



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