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   THOU ART LORD
DV8
2002
Black Lotus Records
http://www.thouartlord.tk/


rating: 4/5

1. Chaldean Hex
2. Baphomets Meteor
3. Crowning The Winged Skull
4. Society Of The Dielettanti
5. Desire, Lust And Incubus
6. Eyes White Shut And Lips Wide Open
7. The Shadow Doctrine
8. Behind The Druid Walls
9. Those We Guide
Thou Art Lord is kind of an all star band of the Greek metal scene. We find here Magus from Necromantia, Sakis from Rotting Christ and Seth and Akis K. from Septic Flesh who are back with the third album of the band after seven years of silence. Sure, they are all skilled and experienced musicians and what they offer to us on this album is perfect in its own way. "The album is a unique mixture of fast modern death metal, primitive black metal, haunting melodies, twisted harmonies and even slight new-metal touches" - the promotional letter describes their music and it's completely correct.

"DV8" contains melodic, atmoshperic metal in the aggressive vein of these extreme styles. It balances between death and black metal with being melodic but also fast and aggressive. The songs are well built but don't look for compex structures or technicality but plain death metal with black metal influences or simple Rotting Christ-like black metal, because some of the songs, such as "Crowning The Winged Skull" could fit onto the latest RC release, Genesis. "DV8" is filled with fantastic riffs and catchy choruses which enhance the atmosphere of the album together with the keyboards that shows up occasionally. They managed to make a great mixture of aggressive but atmospheric dark metal that will stick in your ears and in your mind already after the first listen. It also has the typical Greek feeling. I can't really explain what that is but if you've ever listened to a Greek band's album you know what I'm talking about. The above mentioned new metal touches means a few nu-metal elements but fortunately only occasionally and it's immediately compensated by death metal. In fact, it makes that one specific song, "Society Of The Dilettanti", stranger but interesting. Just like the short porno intermezzo in the song "Eyes Wide Shut And Lips Wide Open".
Every song on "DV8" has a fast tempo, is energetic and only a few of them belong to the average category. I especially like "Crowning The Winged Skull(Enthroning The Dragon)", "Desire, Lust And Incubus" and "Those We Guide".

If you put on this album and you will find the music worth listening to, you will get hooked on it and won't be able to change to another cd. At least I'm listening to "DV8" for the fifth time today and I'm getting more and more into it, everytime. Its atmosphere haunts me…

submitted by Katalin 02.03.2003

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