Feb 28, 2012

Heads Up: Assumption - Mosaic of the Distant Dominion ...

 It is never easy to judge a band just on a demo, especially a demo that is just 21 minutes long but at least this demo, 'Mosaic of the Distant Dominion' by Assumption has a good sound and doesn't sound like your typical demo release with sub-par production. The band itself, I know little about except they play a blend of death doom and funeral doom and they are Italian. This demo review comes from a request after a doom-metal friend of mine stumbled across them on Bandcamp. This four track release is epic even though it is short on playing time. The songs sound huge, monolithic and they have a vocalist that has one hell of a demonic voice. My first impression was they sound like Evoken but now after about a dozen spins, I am not so sure as I think they have more originality than I first thought. From the opening track, 'A Suspended Commemoration' it is clear that Assumption are not prepared to do things by half and you are a fan of Evoken and other similar acts, you should find this demo and band to be essential listening.

They are not breaking down any barriers, not inventing anything new within the death doom and funeral doom scenes but are creating foreboding, menacing bleak tunes that are mesmerizing. The musicianship is excellent and is already of the quality you would expect from a experienced doom metal band. If the first track doesn't hook you in, the following tracks, 'Deity' and the more relaxed 'Choir #4' will. The closing track and my personal favorite of the four tracks is the title track, 'Mosaic of the Distant Dominion' which is a monster doom listening experience. Of course it all ends far too quickly but it is obvious this band has the potential to be one of the next big things in the death and funeral doom scenes. Bring on a full-length album soon, please..8.5/10.


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