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Review: Deämon - Synopsis of Sin
Synopsis of Sin

Label: Ghetto Blaster Recordings
Year released: 2003
Duration: 36:25
Tracks: 10
Genre: Death Metal

Rating: 3.25/5

Review online: August 27, 2006
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Synopsis of Sin

Rated 3/5 (60%) (11 Votes)

Deämon's first full-length got next to no press back in the days, and not much publicity - I didn't hear about it and I live in the same city - so this is definitely a rarity, at least as far as press coverage goes, if not in terms of units moved. This one came out after some changes in the line-up that occurred in the couple of years that followed the release of the "End of Ages" EP. The first thing that is noticeable is the sound; We're practically talking good demo quality here and not much more. While the raw sound does have its advantages, especially for the guitars, the drums often sound a bit like crap (no fault to the drummer), and more often than not I found the vocals to be overshadowing the instruments. Speaking of which, while I like the overall vocal performance on the EP and the new album "Descend Dethrone", here the vocalist occasionally ventures in an even more guttural style that sounds more generic than on their other releases.

Musically this is less thrashy than "End of Ages" and even "Descend Dethrone"; Here the band favors an early 90s brutal death sound (brutal for that period, that is), slightly mixed with their own signature sound introduced with the EP. The whole thing sound a bit too chaotic, however, giving the feeling that the songs still needed a little bit of work. Nothing too dramatic, but one who listens to their other releases will notice that something is off here. I'd venture a guess that the line-up changes that preceded this release most likely have something to do with this. Despite some shortcomings, this is still a good album overall. Its problem is that it doesn't live up to par with the band's other excellent releases. Still better than many other death metal albums out there, and we know the band got their act together with "Descend Dethrone", so it's all good.

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