Sunday, January 1, 2017

Doom Architect - "Sententia Prima" [2016]

Artist: Doom Architect
Title: Sententia Prima
Genre: Atmospheric Death/Doom Metal
Country: Russia
Release date: 2016

Track List:
  1. At The Bound Of Death
  2. Leaving The Shadows
  3. Detachment
  4. Embracing The Void
  5. Astral Wind
  6. Light Of Inner Flame
Some 10 years ago, I used to like a lot of death/doom metal from the 1990s. Now it's a much smaller part of my musical diet, but I still have a lot of love for this kind of music, and it's good to see this genre still being alive in the mid-2010s.

Doom Architect are a male/female duo originally from Izhevsk (later relocated to Moscow). Both of them are former members of a band named Волновой Фронт / Wavefront (sort of an original name for a heavy/power metal band, but the lyrical themes doesn't seem to be too original - "Fantasy, Epic Battles, Warriors..."). Now they seem to be focused on their other project Sky Crypt (melodeath), yet they already have released two albums under the name Doom Architect, one of which is presented here. It doesn't have to be too original or innovative - it's just death/doom metal played the way I like it. My personal highlight on this album: the track "Astral Wind" (specifically the keyboard work on there). In general, the release notes from Narcoleptica Prods. provide a pretty good description:

"The music on "Sententia Prima" is a special alloy of slow melodies framed by heavy guitar riffs and keyboards atmosphere. Vocals also connects it all together with texts narrating about the thoughts that come to mind to anyone who travels inward, who are periodically is beyond the categories of space and time, the person is continuously separated from the conventional world".

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