|Review: Poema Arcanvs - Telluric Manifesto|
Label: Aftermath Music
Year released: 2006
Review online: April 1, 2006
Reviewed by: Sargon the Terrible
Well, this is a first: something from Aftermath Music that I don't really like too much. Poema Arcanvs are a Chilean band with two albums under their belts, and this is their third full-length. Doom/death is a hit or miss genre with me, as I can find it either spellbinding or boring, and I have to say this falls more into the 'boring' zone.
I think the problem with this band is they just throw too much into the mix. Their death riffing and vocals are pretty fucking killer, with a great guitar sound, but they keep using clean vocals that can't stay on key and don't really fit the music well, and they also throw in a lot of keys making these bleepy electronic sounds which drive me crazy. About half this album is driving, crushing death riffs, and the other half is moody, alt-rock crap that sounds like Katatonia. Overall Poema Arcanvs never really succeed in creating a coherent atmosphere, and atmosphere is critical to Doom of any kind. Not a bad album, but misguided, and not really successful.
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