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Review: Dethroned - Prophecies of Doom
Prophecies of Doom

Label: Independent
Year released: 2008
Duration: 30:26
Tracks: 5
Genre: Doom/Death

Rating: 4/5

Review online: December 28, 2008
Reviewed by: Michel Renaud
Readers Rating
Prophecies of Doom

Rated 3/5 (60%) (1 Vote)

Dethroned hail from Lebanon and propose here an interesting Doom/Death demo.  Doom/Death might just as well be Doom/Folk, since this goes far beyond the usual sound associated with the genre.  Other than the expected growl-style vocals and heavy, slow music, Dethroned use keyboards quite extensively to enhance their sound and give it more atmosphere, which is a mix of everything from a rather subtly positive/upbeat feel to a melancholic aura, all the way to a more depressing, sometimes suspense-filled atmosphere.  Add to this some Middle Eastern sounds mixed in the whole thing, and you get something with a much more diverse and rich sound than what we have grown accustomed to in this genre.  For a demo this is very well done - it's not the most polished sound you'll hear, but it's clear enough to grasp all the subtleties of the various instruments and sounds at play here.   The only really odd thing I found here is the last song, where some female vocals pop out of nowhere and, frankly, really clash with everything else.  Nothing to do with her performance per se, but this comes out as way too melodic or "pretty" for otherwise obscure-sounding material.

Dethroned are still at the demo stage, but a properly marketed full-length album filled with this stuff is sure to make people take notice.  An interesting variation on a sound that's been stagnating a bit too much as of late.

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