Debiutancki CD francuskiej grupy grający połączenie doom i death metalu wczesnych lat '90-tych. 6 długich utworów w 54 minuty. Mrok i ból! Jeśli lubisz MY DYING BRIDE, ANATHEMA, EVOKEN, ESOTERIC, MOURNFUL CONGREGATION, SILENCER, BETHLEHEM, ATARAXIE!
France's metal-scene is thriving, especially in the extreme areas. I'm not going to list all French bands that have released killer albums in the past few years, but I will say that Fatum Elisum can be added to the long list. Their self-titled '08 demo attracted the attention of the English Aesthetic Death Records, who re-released it this year as a full-length debut, accessible for all. Nice one.
Fatum Elisum's Fatum Elisum showcases a blend of Doom and Death, with hints of Black thrown in. A mix of old My Dying Bride and Deinonychus, roughly put. The similarity with the latter of the two comes forward mostly through the vocalist, who squeals, shrieks and howls as Marco Kehren did during his metal days. Fortunately he knows how to deliver a dirty-licious growl too. Riff-wise were treated to both heavy, aggressive shit but also those typically lethargic, dramatic whining leads. What sets Fatum Elisum apart from other bands in the genre is that they pack a whole deal more aggression than you're average death-ish Doom band.
Fatum Elisum is, despite not very original, a fresh and very enjoyable album. I saw them a couple of days ago at the Dutch Doom Days and they were a bit disappointing, but the studio album is a whole different story. I'm very much hoping this band crosses my path again soon, whether it is with a new album or a new gig, as they are probably only getting better with time.