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Review: Damned Creation - Bleak Mental Torture Promo 2008
Damned Creation
Bleak Mental Torture Promo 2008

Label: Necrotorture
Year released: 2008
Duration: 15:26
Tracks: 4
Genre: Black/Death

Rating: 3.5/5

Review online: April 27, 2008
Reviewed by: Lars Christiansen
Readers Rating
Bleak Mental Torture Promo 2008

Rated 4/5 (80%) (3 Votes)

This promo contains 4 taster tracks from Damned Creation's upcoming debut album named - you guessed it - Bleak Mental Torture. Apparently the complete album is set to have a full ten tracks, and judging by the four on offer here, it sounds like it's going to be fairly good.

Like the majority of these promos I've been sent from Necro Torture agency, this isn't going to totally change the way you perceive metal as a whole, but it serves it purpose for an entertaining metal release nonetheless. Damned Creation take on the extreme chug of Dimmu Borgir without all the over-the-top synthesizer parts and add in touches of the melody filled rhythmic licks of early Katatonia. However, the overall feel of the music certainly has much more of a mid-paced Black Metal feel to it with harsh hissed vocals complimenting the riffs, with the occasional signs of Death Metal riffage raising its head alongside the vocals which dive the realms of the cookie monster as an accompaniment. There's a good amount of melody abound in the guitar lines which although it takes the edge off the extremity somewhat, still manages to hold on to a fairly decent aura of darkness.

So in summary, this serves as a good idea of what to expect on the full length release which is due for release shortly. However, I do think the first two tracks are of a better quality than the second two (I especially like opener "Lamentation of Shadows" with its killer melodies and professional arrangement), but the second two are by no means bad either to be fair. It's worth keeping an eye open for the full length to see how well it's padded out in full album format.

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