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Review: Kimaera - Ebony Veiled
Ebony Veiled

Label: Stygian Crypt Productions
Year released: 2006
Duration: 51:36
Tracks: 8
Genre: Doom/Death

Rating: 4.25/5

Review online: April 5, 2008
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
Ebony Veiled

Rated 3/5 (60%) (3 Votes)

Kimaera are only the 2nd Lebanese band I've ever come across, with brutal deathsters Oath to Vanquish being the first. Forming in war-torn Beirut in 2000, the band released a single in 2004 to much acclaim, giving the band a good reputation early on, with this, their debut release hitting the shelves two years later in 2006 (courtesy of the tiny, yet excellent Stygian Crypt Productions).

Kimaera play an atmospheric brand of Doom/Death metal, which marries mid to slow paced crunchy guitars with ethereal keyboards, dual growling male vocals and soothing tuneful siren-esque clean female vocals, all held together by moody backbone of driving drum work and powerful bass lines. The keyboards occasionally take centre stage, becoming a carriage for the music's melancholic edge to truly soak in before the guitars storm back in dynamically, climbing sharply and soaring beautifully with the accompanying synthesizer work.

The guitars aren't afraid to break out of the usual doomy speeds either, occasionally really pushing the pedal to the metal for a great speedy thrashy Death Metal passage (although the drums don't break into double-bass type-writer territory so often as for the style of music to be mistaken as strictly Death Metal, keeping a foot planted firmly in the muddy soils of Doom land). The clean female vocals of Sabine are one of the albums highlights for me, reminding me greatly of Julie Kiss of To-Mera. They're used usually as an instrument to add a tuneful partner to the keyboards, but also sound great when they're used alongside the guttural growls of Jean-Pierre Haddad, adding an almost psychotic bi-polar vibe to the proceedings.

Although the band went through a number of line-up changes in the period after this album was released (with their original female vocalist Sabine, as well as their keyboardist and drummer all leaving in the transition), their new line up is understood to be working on their second release. If it's anything like this, it'll certainly be worth looking into.

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