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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Delirium - Delirium (1988)

Genre: Death/Doom Metal
Country: Netherlands
Year: 1988

1. Delirium
2. Desert Wings
3. Beyond The Gates Of Afterdeath

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Exploring the beginnings of Death/Doom Metal are always fun, but it's rare to come across an early band that actually does it right. These delirious death/doomers from the Netherlands sure as hell do it right. There's still a bit of Thrash influence here and there, most notably in the soloing and not-quite-growling vocal style, but the sludgy guitars are there, and for the most part, the overall pacing spells out D-O-O-M.

The very first demo from these guys, and it sets the way for their even-better Amputation demo, and then for the ungodly Zzooouhh album. Primitive stuff is focused on their self-titled demo, still finding their style, but the crunchy evilness of it all is still present. Heavy on the high-tuned riffing, and low-tuned chugging, this demo isn't quite sure if it's Death/Thrash or Death/Doom! Regardless, quality stuff for the most part, with the highlight track being the last, longest, and most involved: "(Beyond) The Gates Of Afterdeath". Starting off with your classic Death/Doom, ominous riffing, and destructive slow-pacing... this is DELIRIUM!

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